Colombia Cauca - Rich flavor, notes of caramel and dried fruit.
The region of Cauca lies in the south of Colombia. It is a land of seductive scenery full of rivers and waterfalls. The provincial city of Popayàn, founded in the 16th century and known as the “ciudad blanca”, is an important tourist destination and religious centre. It is also famous for the Holy Week celebrations held there. In a land as diverse as Cauca, the coffee-growing zone in the north of Río Patía is unusually homogenous and provides the perfect conditions for a good harvest.
Wedged between the high cordillera and the high plains at an altitude of 1700 m, in this mountainous territory the climate is stable, the rain abundant, the volcanic soil highly fertile, and there is a clear distinction between the dry and rainy seasons. All these factors contribute to excellent coffee. Arabica from Cauca is harvested by hand and appreciated all over the world for its particular sweetness.
illy Monoarabica Colombia meets all the standards of the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros, and has obtained the PGI (Protected Geographic Indication) logo, an accreditation recognised worldwide as a guarantee of a product’s origin and quality.
When Francisnet arrives at the farm, Carlos welcomes his friend and colleague warmly: this is the time for the customary tinto, a cup of piping hot black coffee which they often enjoy together. As Carlos collaborates with the National Coffee Growers’ Federation, his days are filled with meetings such as this, and a whole host of other commitments. Apart from running his own plantation, he dedicates much of his time to the other growers, keeping an eye on their harvests and helping them to resolve various problems. Over the years, through his work he has met many coffee growers and has come to know and appreciate the role of coffee in the social fabric of Cauca. In this multi-ethnic region, which is home to the descendants of indigenous pre-Hispanic tribes such as the Los Paeces and the Misak, about 97,000 families grow Arabica. It is an authentic local tradition.
Like many of them, Carlos is also a “son of coffee”. By following in the footsteps of his father and working in the fields he managed to complete his studies, become an agronomist and improve his social and financial fortunes.
According to an old saying from these parts, coffee always brings with it good things. In the past, Cauca people have even used it to heal wounds and cuts. Watching his friend Francisnet as he leaves to go back to his fields, Carlos thinks of all the good things that coffee has in store for his children in the future. Today will be another good day.