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Colombia Kachalu Organic Espresso

Honey, tangerine, dried fruit & chocolate

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Coffee type: 100% Arabica: Castillo & Colombia, Washed
Country of origin:Colombia
Availability:In stock
Product Information

Crop:
2022 - 2023.

Flavor Indication:
Honey, tangerine, dried fruit & chocolate.

Brewing Method Espresso:
Espresso machine, espresso jug and with milk.

Meet the coffee farmer:

Coffee farmer: about 20 farmers from the Kachalu cooperative
Coffee: Colombia Kachalu, 100% organic and Rainforest Alliance certified
Plantation: 20 individual plantations from the Kachalu cooperative
Location: Santander region Colombia

The coffee farmer:
The Kachalu farmers' organization includes more than 100 small coffee farmers working together in the Santander region, in northeastern Colombia. The organization was started in 1999. This makes it one of the first projects of the Colombian coffee farmers' organization FNC. Main objective: grow organic coffee combined with care for the rainforest and a decent coffee price for individual coffee farmers. Boot Koffie has been working with cooperative since 2005.

The plantation and the coffee:
Coffee farmers in the Kachalu region have pieces of land averaging 7 hectares in the protected Kachalu rainforest, located at an altitude of 1100-1900m. The coffee bushes flourish due to the great diversity of natural shade trees, among other things, and fertilization by the more than one hundred unusual bird species that have their home there. This makes the coffee of itself (almost entirely) climate neutral. The Kachalu organization's coffee has regularly received high marks in coffee competitions and has won many awards in the "best rainforest coffee" category.

Boot Koffie tastes coffees annually and buys from the cooperative those that score at least 84 points on the cupping table. Boot Koffie provides an annual premium for the best 84+ coffees, making it worthwhile for coffee farmers to pursue higher quality. Currently, the coffee is even an 85+ coffee. At the beginning of this summer (2022), our coffee buyer Rick Maas went to the plantations. Read the great report in our blog via the link below:
https://www.bootkoffie.com/nieuws/koffiereis-vol-inspiratie-en-met-een-dosis-energie-naar-huis

Organization:
The individual coffee farmers have their own pieces of land and work together in the Kachalu organization. Education is one of the most important things in improving coffee quality. Boot Koffie has wholeheartedly supported several projects that help grow better quality coffee and increase land yields, while at the same time maintaining care for the rainforest. Of particular note is that many of the farmers in the Kachalu cooperative have relatively large tracts of land, 7 hectares on average, compared to the average in Colombia, (1.5 hectares).

Futureproof Coffee Collective:
In the years 2020 and 2021, Boot Koffie participated with farmers in the Kachalu cooperative in a True Cost Accouting (TCA) pilot. Calculating the true cost of coffee. Most coffee farming causes a huge environmental impact. Boot Koffie has known for years that growing the highest quality coffee has major positive effects on coffee farmer income and reduces environmental impact. However, the results of the TCA pilot were even much better than Boot Koffie expected:

1. 95% of farmers derive a livable income from coffee farming. A livable income in Colombia is well above the prevailing minimum wage in Colombia.

2. The price paid by Boot Koffie for Kachalu coffee meets the 'Fairtrade Living Income Reference Price', which is generously more than the world market price and fair-trade prices.

3. The True Cost of Colombia Kachalu coffee is very low. A maximum of €0.50 per kilo of coffee. This means that water use, soil erosion and CO2 emissions cause a "damage" of up to €0.50 per kilo. By way of comparison: the average coffee in Colombia has a True Cost of € 7.00 per kilo! Boot Koffie more than compensates any remaining environmental impact in the coffee chain through the Climate Neutral Group. This makes the coffee climate neutral.

The name 'Colombia Kachalu':
Kachalu means 'hope'. And there is certainly hope! The cooperative clearly demonstrates that delivering top quality coffee goes hand in hand with greater biodiversity, less environmental impact and a better income for the farmer.

Download the coffee sheet:

Coffee sheet (PDF)