MONTEVERDE TECHNICAL FACTS & CERTIFICATIONS
ô?°€ Monteverde’s coffees are shade grown at an
altitude of 1,400-1,800 meters above sea level.
ô?°€ Due to very special microclimates in Rodriguez de Mendoza, harvesting takes place all year long with increased production between April and December.
ô?°€ Farmers begin harvesting by selecting mature red cherries to ensure a greater concentration of sugars. Beans are pulped, washed and fermented (fermenting is an 18-24 hour process).
ô?°€ Varietals include Typica, Catimor, Caturra, Pache and Catuai.
ô?°€ Café Monteverde is organic certified by Bio Suisse and IMO (NOP, EU and COR). As well, they carry Rainforest Alliance, UTZ and Fairtrade (FLO) certifications.
Farm: Shakisso Farm
Region: Guji zone, Oromia region
Processing: Washed/Unwashed Sidamo
Variety: Mixed heirloom varieties
Certification: Organic rainforest alliance
Altitude: 1800 meters
Harvest time: November – February
This coffee grows in the Oromia region, one of Ethiopia’s largest regions. The farm is located in the Guji zone, the southern part of Oromia that borders on the Sidama and Gedeo zones. The farm started to produce organic coffees in 2001 and works closely together with medium-sized outgrowers who are specialized in this highland forest coffee.
The enterprise has 640 hectares with its own nursery sites to grow coffee seedlings. There are currently twelve permanent qualified members of staff with more than ten years practical experience in coffee production, processing, clearing and marketing. In addition to the permanent staff, we employ three highly qualified consultants and temporary workers. During harvest, we have more than 300 coffee pickers harvesting coffee. About 150 of them supply coffee individually to the wet mill.
There are many gold mines in the area, so the coffee fields are literally full of holes where people have been digging for gold. This makes walking between the coffee trees risky! As a result, the biggest challenge these days is to find employees to maintain the plantation and pick cherries.
Over 2300 small-scale farmers have joined together to create the Central Multiple Service Cooperative, better known as PRODECOOP. The farms are located in the Segovia mountains of northwestern Nicaragua, an area that includes the departments of Madriz, Nueva Segovia, and Esteli. The coffees produced in these areas are cultivated under shade trees, and the beans are manually harvested. The initial coffee processing takes place on the individual farms. Sun drying and final processing takes place at the coop’s dry mill, Las Segovias, located in the town of Palacaguina. PRODECOOP carefully supervises all phases of the coffee production and processing in order to ensure strict quality control. The coop has spent the last few years identifying and marketing the coop’s best coffees in order to improve the economic status of all the farmers. The coop families are proud to offer these excellent, high quality coffees as an example of their hard work and dedication.
Colombia AMUCC Excelso
Organic Colombia Excelso AMUCC
(Asociación de Mujeres Caficultoras del Cauca)
AMUCC is located in the department named after the Cauca River, which rises in the Colombian Massif and begins its run from south to north. Cauca is a multi-ethnic region. Some coffee growers are indigenous Mestizos, descendants of the original inhabitants and Spanish and Afro-Colombia immigrants who have preserved their social structures and traditions. 15% of AMUCC are indigenous people and 100% are women.
The coffee is grown at an altitude of 1,750 meters above sea level in volcanic soil with a high concentration of sulfur and high levels of organic matter.
Most of the plantations use some percentage of shade from 33 different tree species. The average size of an AMUCC farm is 1.1 hectare of land offering fully washed and sundried varietals of Castillo (85%) and Caturra (15%).
The group is proudly 100% women coffee growers supporting their families and integrating their husbands into the farm practice. The women are the owners of the land and coffee tendering process.
Access for women to capital was limited or non-existent in the past, however this group has access to a revolving fund which help producers gain access to working capital to improve their farming infrastructure.
The results are stunning:
A few years back, the group was able to export a container of 275 bags of coffee. This year, they will produce close to 900 bags of coffee.
• Improved coffee quality: Arrival cup scores consistently reach 83-85 points on the SCAA scale.
• Some of the highest yields for organic coffee in all of Colombia
• Due to the group's tight controls, continued education and strong management, quality has not suffered as production increased.
• Some of the group's members have tendered microlots and received strong premiums for their high scoring coffee.
Peru Swiss water decaf Organic
This coffee is decaffeinated using the Swiss water method, which eliminates the coffee's caffeine using water rather than chemicals. Swiss water decaf is a much more expensive process, but certainly worth it when it comes to taste. With no added chemicals to remove the caffeine, this decaf coffee can remain organic.
Decaf Organic Swiss water Peru is free of pesticides, herbicides, and other manufactured chemicals. This organic method protects you, the consumer, as well as the farmers who would have been exposed.
These trees were grown under the shaded canopy of nature, which helps the trees grown nice and slow, producing a better flavor year after year. Organic Decaf Peru Swiss water coffee is an excellent untainted Arabica bean coffee that is sure to bring you pleasure