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Colombia Belen

Colombia Belen

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Notes: Nectarine & Molasses
Origin: Inza, Cauca, Colombia
Producer: Multiple producers surrounding the Belen village 
Importer: Red Fox Coffee Merchants
Processing: Fully Washed
Altitude: 1750-2000 masl
Varieties: Caturra & Colombia
Size: 12oz, 5lb

Deep in the interior of Colombia’s department of Cauca lies the province of Inzá, known in Colombia as La Tierra Adentro. On a good day, it is a two hour drive from Popayán and La Plata in either direction, but frequent mudslides and road closures mean it’s often not easily accessible. On clear days in the village of Inzá, one can see straight up to the Nevado del Huila, the highest volcano in Colombia. The famous Paez river runs east through the valley, connecting Cauca and Huila. Very little coffee is grown below 1750 masl with a great portion growing at 1900 masl. Caturra, Castillo, and Typica are found in the region, with Caturra being the dominant variety. Red Fox buys coffee from three main villages or counties within the Inzá municipality — Pedregal, San Antonio, and the town of Inzá. Each village is often composed of just a handful of families with no more than 20-30 hectares dedicated to growing coffee. When volume allows, we buy bulk from families or individual producers.

These coffees were sourced through a partnership between Red Fox Coffee Merchants and Cauca producer association, Asorcafe. The group was founded in 2004 by ten coffee growers who were tired of selling their coffee to parchment buyers who only offered prices below the national market.  In conjunction with private and state organizations, Asorcafe provides aid to their members including subsidies for the domestic economy, education, job training, and healthcare services.