Project 121

Notes Hibiscus, Orange, Caramel
Farmer Jesus Albeiro Piamba Zetty
Origin Finca Juan Tama, Caldona, Cauca, Colombia
Altitude 1,800 masl
Process Washed
Varietal Castillo

Project 121 was set up by UK based coffee importers D R Wakefield in 2013 with the aim of promoting sustainable and traceable coffees. The project teams roasters with smallholder farmers with the aim of promoting a long-term relationship. In addition to ensuring a fair price for the coffee taking into account fluctuating market conditions and costs of production, the farmers benefit from the security of knowing that they will have a buyer for their crop each year. The roasters on the other hand receive an exclusive, high-quality and fully-traceable coffee.

This is the first time we have participated in Project 121. We cupped a number of coffees grown by members of the CENCOIC cooperative in the Cauca region of Colombia. After years of armed conflict in the Cauca region, the current progress towards peace and stability has allowed groups such as CENCOIC to flourish, helping member farmers to improve the quality of their coffee and access the better prices paid by the speciality coffee market. Of the coffees that we cupped, it was the coffee grown by Jesus Albeiro Piamba Zetty that stood out with notes of hibiscus and orange.

Jesus Albeiro lives on his 0.5 hectare farm with his wife and their two children. They are part of the Nasa ethnic group who work to preserve their own culture and Páez (or Nasa Yuwe) language, part of a more widespread movement across Colombia to preserve indigenous cultural heritage. The coffee is hand-picked by Jesus and his family. On the farm it is then pulped and fermented for 15 hours in cement tanks, then washed in clean water and dried to 11.5% moisture in a parabolic drier. It is then transported to the dry mill in Popoyan where it is graded, hulled and bagged for export.

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