Colombia ASPRO Timaná
This rich, flavorful coffee hails from the little town of Timaná within the southern reaches of Huila, Columbia’s largest coffee growing region.
A unique place in the mountain valley of the Magdalena river, Timaná unites sun, rain, soil, and altitude to produce coffee both complex and balanced. With its diverse topography and weather patterns, farmers on opposite slopes cultivate coffees that have entirely different flavors.
Farmers here hand-pick and sort the beans, then pulp the coffee at their own farms. After they ferment the beans for 16 to 24 hours, they wash and dry them on raised beds under the sun or on parabolic beds. These beds ensure proper airflow, protecting against rain, mist, and condensation as the beans dry.
Almost all the coffee in Timaná is shade-grown at high altitude, which results in high-quality crops. But this can affect how much coffee they can produce. A low yield can mean lower profits.
Coffee by cooperative
For years, these farmers have understood that better market access is the key to stability in the world of specialty coffee.
With this in mind, a group of 38 farmers in this region created the ASPROTimaná cooperative – founded on the principles of economic, social, and environmental sustainability. The co-op not only educates farmers on sustainable growing, it invests directly in the community, while helping farmers expand their market reach and get access to technical and financial assistance.
Two decades later, and now 850 farmers strong, the co-op has successfully increased farmers’ bargaining power, while positioning Timaná as a competitor in the coffee specialty market.
A coffee as lush and sweet as its homeland, ASPROTimaná embodies the spirit of human unity and ingenuity.
Producer: ASPROTimaná Co-op
Taste Notes: Juicy and floral with green melon, peach, and white wine notes
Region: Juila, Colomiba
Altitude: 1,400 – 1,700 MASL
Variety: Caturra, Bourbon, Gesha, Castillo, Colombia