The Women's Initiative - Colombia, Huila
As a women owned and operated coffee company, we find it paramount to support women producers to end gender disparity in coffee growing regions. This medium roast is marked by crisp acidity and a medium body with flavor notes of Bakers Chocolate, Honey Cream, and Cherry Jam. We have carefully selected the coffee we use for The Women’s Initiative coffee to foster growth for women in their communities by providing better access to a living wage, land ownership, and educational opportunities & to help close the gap for women at origin.
This year, The Women's Initiative coffee is sourced from 53 women who have organized around Programa Mujer Cafetera Asociación De Productores Agrícolas De Timaná (ASPROTIMANA) in Huila Department, Colombia. These women emerged with the skills to process specialty coffee on just a few acres of land intercropped with shade trees, bananas, corn, and beans and utilize careful post-harvest practices including hand sorting cherries before depulping, fermenting, washing, and drying the coffee using their own micro-mills.
After processing, ASPROTIMANA works with a family-owned export company, also in Huila, that focuses on bringing traceable micro-lots to the international market. The partnership ensures traceability and quality control throughout the post harvest process and a mutual goal to improve the quality of life for coffee producers and their families through internationally marketing women's coffee to gain improved premiums, wider market, and vice versa.
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