Tasting Notes: Cherry, Chocolate, Cola, Clean
Roast Level: Light
Subregions: San Lorenzo, Arboleda, La Unión
Producer: Santana Association
Altitude: 1850-2100 MASL
Variety: Caturra, Castilla, Colombia
The Santana association was officially formed in December 2019, however, it has been working with the community for 5 years in the Department of Nariño, covering municipalities such as San Lorenzo, San Pedro de Cartago, La Unión, Colón Génova, and Sancisa. Its main objective is to promote differentiated work with the producer, supporting it in obtaining high-quality coffee where the economic benefit is noticeable, improving and helping their quality of life. Additionally, for the Association, it is very important to continue the ongoing improvement of the quality of the coffee—and for this reason, they carry out visits, ad perform reviews, and tests to help them provide solutions at no cost to the producer.
The group's objectives are to expand the supply of certified organic Colombian coffee, including such unique and special origins as Nariño. They generate sustainable marketing of 100 small producer families from Nariño, an average farm size 2 hectares. Environmental, social and economic initiatives impact 6 regions within the department of Nariño through the payment of premiums for organic certificates.
Further projects aim to create a concise and traceable database for social and environmental projects with the producers of the group; some examples are honey water treatment plants, reforestation, training in environmentally friendly agricultural practices, improvement of housing infrastructure and production. As well, one project is aimed at roasters who want to create a long-term bond, to support and have a direct relationship with the group.