Colombia

Tarqui Pequeños

This beautiful lot from the Aso-Tarqui farmers group association truly shows the quality potential of community produced coffee. This coffee is an expression of five producers, showing mandarin orange, panela, apricot, and chocolate.

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Tarqui Pequeños

Specs

Producer     Aso-Tarqui farmers association

Region         Tarqui, Huila

Varieties       Caturra & V. Colombia

Process         Washed

Altitude         1700 - 1000 masl

Importer     Shared Source

While spectacular coffees initially drew Shared Source to the zone, they found a really great opportunity to work more deeply with growers to improve all-around quality, from soil to cup. Shared Sources funds a farmer-to-farmer training program in ecological and regenerative land stewardship - in December, they brought in farmer experts from another group in Tolima (ASOPEP), and coordinated a workshop that focused on post-harvest processing best-practices alongside training in organic agriculture trouble-shooting. Like in many rural areas, many members of the association are members of a few families. A collaborative and familial spirit means that ideas spread quickly, and there’s a cooperative sense as family members guide each other through new processing regimes. Family members share tips as many of them lessen their dependence on synthetic chemical inputs, and organic farms with healthy and more resistant trees and nutrient-rich soils offer themselves as guides, showing both yield benefits, as well as the reduced on-farm costs.

The producers who contributed to this lot are:
Fabio Escobar- caturra, variedad colombia
Enar Semanate- variedad colomba
Yaneth Trujillo- caturra, variedad colombia
Nilson Yunda- caturra, variedad colombia
Marisol Osorio- caturra

Story

Tarqui Pequeños

In the highlands of central-eastern Huila lies the municipality of Tarqui. Steep hills, several microclimates and soil types, and a plethora of tiny growers gives us an array of profiles. Our importing partner Shared Source has developed a strong relationship with an independent association of small growers called Aso-Tarqui. Member-funded and run, the group collaborates to improve their processing and connect with buyers. The group was formed by Francy Elena Osorio Criollo, a young and talented woman who understands the power of a collective in improving coffee quality and access to buyers, and she’s truly dedicated to improving the lives of her community members.

Tarqui, Huila

Of the many growing regions in Colombia, the mountainous department of Huila in the south west of the country grows the most coffee. Huila enjoys a wide diversity of micro-climates, temperatures, altitudes and coffee varieties. In fact, coffee is grown in 35 of Huila's 37 municipalities. All of this means that the coffee coming out of this region is as diverse as the variables that influence its production.

Field Blend

​​A community blend made up of Caturra and Colombia varieties from smallholder farmers in Tarqui, Huila.

Caturra is a natural mutation of Bourbon, and at one time made up the majority of coffee trees in Colombia. Its small stature led it to be planted in high density. Unfortunately is is highly susceptible to leaf rust.

This led to efforts by the Colombian coffee research institute, Cenicafé, to cross Caturra with Timor Hybrids to generate rust resistance. The result vas Variedad Colombia, which was largely successful for a time, and the new variety remains popular despite leaf-rust mutations overtaking its resistance.

Washed

Members of the group have learned to pick ripe cherries, giving cherries as much time as
possible to build mucilage and for skins to soften their astringency with sun exposure.

The association has done tests with Brix readers to determine the optimum picking point for different varieties. Most group members de-pulp coffee, and then ferment without water- some in an open tank, and others in sealed pickle barrels- before washing the coffee.

Producers in the region often rub the parchment with their hands to make sure that the fermentation is complete and that no mucilage remains. Drying is low and slow- between 10-15 days to bring moisture levels down to around 11%.

Transparency

Importer

Shared Source - Our importing partner Shared Source is a Farm Gate buyer. They purchase coffee directly from producers in local currency, transferring funds directly into producers' or their independent associations' bank accounts upon delivery of parchment. Shared Source pays for transport to the mill.

Farm Gate Price

What's This

FOB: "Freight on board," usually the price paid to the coffee exporter for coffee ready to ship. This includes price paid to the producer as well as milling, warehousing and transportation costs plus any intermediaries' fees and export costs.

Farmgate: the price paid by the exporter to the producer or producer organization.

2,250,000 pesos per carga (125kg) - approx 4.60 USD per kg

Lot Size

Total lot size of 3,163kg. Subtext purchased 350kg.

Relationship Length

Shared Source has worked with Aso-Tarqui since 2016. This is the first year Subtext has purchased coffee from Aso-Tarqui.

Quality

Subtext cupping score of 86.5

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