Colombia – Women Producers – ARGCAFEE – Argelia – Cauca – Castillo and Colombia B20122
"Sweet and clean with orange zest, cooked berry, and dark chocolate flavors."
$5.20 per lb$229.00 per bag
17 in stock
In attempt to recognize and promote the work women do growing and producing coffee around the world, the Women Coffee Producers project was established in order to highlight organizations and associations of women producers in various countries. The program aims to address the widespread wage inequity that women experience by adding a gender-equity premium on top of a base price; this premium is paid directly to the growers for use in any manner they choose.
This lot comes strictly from Women coffee farmers within ARGCAFEE. There are currently 78 women contributing to this program with another 44 that have communicated intentions to join the program.
ARGCAFEE (Association de Transformadores y Comercializadores de Cafe Especiales de Argelia Cauca) is an association that started in 2014 with only 17 member producers, all of whom were committed to finding a better market for their coffee than the commercial one they were delivering to—both in search of higher prices and a better showcase for the quality of their coffee. As Argelia is relatively remote, it had been hard for the small farmers in the area to reach the marketplace and have leverage in their selling. Through their work, however, the association grew to over 230 members, about 150 of whom are presently active in farming and delivering lots to the association.
ARGACAFEE is a grower-focused association that seeks to improve the quality of life of its associates, promote diversified production, minimize their environmental impact, and is committed to social work in the municipality of Argelia, Cauca.
ARGCAFEE partnered up with Banexport in 2017, and the group now has a warehouse and a cupping lab; the lab is staffed full-time by five professionals, all of whom are young members of multigenerational coffee families who have decided to stay in the family business—a huge concern these days, as the average age of a coffee farmer is over 55, and it is difficult to incentivize young people to stay in coffee production in a time of such low prices.
The organization is democratically run, with a director, a legal representative, a producer representative, an accountant, a secretary, and technical staff who are all elected in a voting process conducted by the members.
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