Caravela (formerly known as Virmax) has been working directly with coffee producers since 2004. They have concentrated on producers that are interested in driving up quality by continually improving the farming, harvesting and production techniques.
Quaffee was fortunate enough to sample the Caravela’s first Organic coffee, released in 2007. It was called Asorganica. This name has stuck even though now this coffee is produced by 128 small coffee growers from the municipalities of El Tambo and Timbio, in the southern department of Cauca, Colombia.
Most farmers have about 1 hector of coffee, and the 128 producers are members of the following three coffee grower associations:
- Asociación de Productores Orgánicos del Cauca (ASORGANICA);
- Corporación para el Desarrollo de la Sericultura del Cauca (CORSEDA); and
- Asociación de Mujeres Caucanas (AMACA).
Since 2004 there has been a continuous improvement in the quality of their coffee so that they can access the high-quality coffee market.
Typically in a crop year, there are 94.6 tons of certified organic parchment coffee in 345 hectares, with an average yield of roughly 245 kg per hectare. This is a very low yield, as the national average yield is of approximately 700 kg of parchment coffee per hectare. Of the 128 producers, 53 are women (or roughly 41%).
It is important to highlight that next year another 75 coffee growers from those three organisations will receive the organic certification, thereby increasing the amount of organic certified coffee available.
The coffee is USDA NOP certified by Mayacert and certified under Colombian organic regulations by Biotropico.
Colombian Asorganica from Cauca
If you are looking for a certified organic coffee from Colombia, this is the one to try.
|Brew Method||Ratio||Brew Method||Ratio|
|FOB price||US$4.1/pound (2021) U$5.75/pound (2022)|
|Cupping score||85-86.5 (seasonal variances, this is the min and max)|
|Logistics||Cost ZAR21.54 / kg. Coffee was included in a consolidated seasonal order of Colombian coffees.|
|Producer/Organisation||Caravela / ASORGANICA|
|Typical lot size bought||8 x 35kg boxes, twice a year|
|Relationship||Our relationship with Caravela goes back to 2008.|