In October 2018, Jennifer was invited Colombia to judge coffees for the auctions and to see how coffee is grown, harvested and processed on Colombian farms. We cupped and judged 66 coffees in one day at the National Coffee Research Centre, Cenicafé.
Visiting and touring Cenicafé, Colombia’s 80-year-old National Coffee Research Centre was one of the highlights of the trip. It is one of the world’s leading centres for scientific coffee research, looking for innovative ways to increase sustainability, improve quality, raise yields, mitigate the effects of pests and plant diseases, and much more. As part of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC), their mission is to improve the lives of the hundreds of thousands of small family farmers who grow coffee for export.
Jennifer visited small farms managed completely by women and also a very large family run farm San Alberto) that is one of very few in Colombia that roasts its own coffee and has cafes throughout Colombia. Below is a picture of us cupping coffees at the San Alberto farm and of their café.
The FNC is encouraging farmers to experiment with new ways to process the coffee cherries in order to increase the Speciality Scores for the coffees. Many farms are using new fermentation techniques to develop more distinctive flavour of their coffees, enabling them to differentiate their coffees from the ‘regular’ Colombian coffee traits.
Another highlight of this trip was attending the coffee auction in Bogata. It was so exciting and a bit overwhelming to see the tears of joy for the families of coffees farmers to be rewarded for all their hard work in producing winning coffees.
We use high grade Arabica coffee from the world’s 2nd largest producer. The coffee is grown in what is regarded by many as the best coffee growing region of Colombia, namely Medellin.
The coffee produced has a rich, nutty taste and is a good all round cup of coffee.