Our featured coffee this month is the organic Colombian – get ready for this –Cesar Serrania Del Perija Women’s Cooperative. There’s more. The cooperative is organized around the Asociation de Mujeres Cafeteras Plan Mil – an all women’s organization. The cooperative is made up of approximately 58 family owned farms-and the women are in charge of the farming. Of the 55 operating farms, 33 have achieved organic certification. The farms average 27 acres of land, and they are very productive. In addition to coffee they grow plantains, bananas, squash, beans, corn, cassava and yams. They use their own micro-mills to depulp and dry the coffee. The beans are dried inside using solar dryers to protect the process from the rain. Mujeres Cafeteras provides technical support and access to the international coffee market for their member farmers. In reading about this organization, it was interesting to see that the women “allow their husbands and partners to help with the farming.” You go, girls!!
Serving the best organic coffees and teas at Z’s Divine Espresso-1800 E 23rd; 2351 W 31st or 10 E 9th Lawrence, KS
Images and information courtesy of Royal Coffee-Importers.