Farm info

This coffee comes from producers in the Tequendama and Sumapaz provinces of Cundinamarca. The lot is built by Francisco Tamayo, who processes the coffee from contributing producers in the community at his wet mill and dry mill on Finca La Primavera in Silvania.

From Tequendama: Elsa Guttmann of Anolaima and Carlos Diaz and Cafesac Association of Cachipay.

From Sumapaz: Jorge Sanchez, Ana Buitrago, Sergio Polanco, and Rodriog Gutierrez of Fusagasuga and Mercedez Sarmiento of Silvania.

Finca La Primavera is a leader in organic production, and the other farmers in the community who produce organic coffee also understand the importance of environmental preservation and of farming in symbiosis with the natural world.

The nearby Sumapaz moorland, Paramo Sumapaz, is an important source of freshwater for the city of Bogota and has been a natural reserve since 1977. The reserve includes more than 5,000 hectares of native forest and provides a vital ecosystem for the region’s biodiversity.

Thanks to this rich natural landscape, the soil in the Sumapaz and Tequendama communities around La Primavera is filled with the nutrients needed to grow highly productive coffee trees. Coffee is shaded by regular cloud cover and enjoys the climate conditions of warm days and cool nights. Farmers grow citrus, vegetables, and berries in addition to coffee.

Organic producers in Cundinamarca care for water sources and avoid all manner of illegal hunting and deforestation. Producers use organic compost as fertilizer and make custom nutrition plans based on the needs of each farm location. This sets an example for neighboring farmers that is it possible to provide family and local employment, produce great coffee, and work using environmentally responsible methods.

Proservicol Coffee Project was born in 2012 from the dream of healthy, sustainable, and delicious coffee production in Colombia. Beginning with La Primavera, Proservicol now works with many producers in the community and provides training and quality assurance.

Region

Cundinamarca

Coffee has been integral to the economic development of the Cundiamarca department for more than a century. The area’s coffee is not just a crop; it is part of the social and cultural fabric of the region.

Cundiamarca’s coffee grows on the western slopes of the Eastern Andes range of Colombia. Here, coffee cultivations are notable for their biodiversity, integration into local ecosystems, and the commitment of the department’s coffee producers; these ingredients have contributed to the prevalence of shade coffee in Cundinamarca. Below a layer of native Andean flora, shade-grown coffee demonstrates the regional philosophy of conservation and environmental sustainability.

Cundianmarca’s coffee farms are planted across more than 43,000 hectares, 70% of which are sown beneath other tree species. The department surrounds the country’s capital city of Bogota, with its more than 10 million inhabitants in the city and sprawling metro area. Even though Cundinamarca’s farms are in such proximity to the country’s urban hub, they offer the contrast of aggressively preserving Colombia’s naturally diverse ecosystems.