Colombia: Colors of Nature
Colombia coffee production is currently at records levels that have not been seen since the early 1990's. This can be attributed to the acheivements of replanting programs across the country which has implemented coffee varieties that are more resistant to disease and can withstand climatic changes. With nearly 14.5 million bags produced in the 2016/17 harvest season, this is a 5% increase from the previous harvest period. With approximately 560,000 farmers throughout the country, the average farm size is estimated at 4.5 hectares.
Geographical local makes Colombia unique in that it has three distinct mountainous regions from the North to South that make for ideal conditions for coffee production. These micro-climates make it possible for regions to produce coffee year-round with two main harvesting periods.
Last year, nearly 40% of all Colombian coffee exported to consuming markets was specialty coffee with majority produced in the regions of Huila, Cauca and Narino.
Colors of Nature was established in 2007 as a pilot project to educate groups of farmers on cultivation and implementing new farm technologies to produce higher quality coffees for export. Currently working in 13 provinces( including Huila, Narino, Cauca, Risaralda and Cesar), Colors of Nature and its smallholder farmers a producing 60 micro lots each year.
With a portfolio that includes washed, naturals and honey processes; we are confident that Colors of Nature can provide the highest quality micro-lots from the region. In addition to standard varietals( Caturra, Catuai, Colombia), Colors of Nature also experiments with research varietals including Wush Wush and Geisha. And it is our hope to introduce some of these exclusive nano-lots to our Turkish roasting partners for 2018.