The organization of ASOATA (Asociación de Procductores Agropecuarios) brings together 85 families (and their farms) living in the municipality of Planadas, located in the department of Tolima. Situated in the center of the country - bordering Huila, Cundinamarca, and Caldas - Tolima has the distinction of two growing seasons (April-August and December-February). It also has the distinction of being one of the cultural centers of Colombia. Its capital, Ibagué, is well-known as the Musical Capital of Colombia and also played an important role in the formation of what is now known as the Coffee Triangle (or Eje Cafeteria).
With aid from Inconexus, an exporting company, ASOATA coordinates efforts to improve coffee quality through technical assistance and enhancements to coffee farm infrastructure. ASOATA is one of 21 coffee-producer associations supported by the Colombia Responde program's Improving Coffee Bean Processing in Southern Tolima initiative.
Colombian coffee is sometimes overlooked. The successful marketing campaign of Juan Valdez has elevated Colombian coffee as a “name brand,” but it has also flooded the market with mediocrity. Oftentimes we need to be reminded of its specialness. This particular coffee stood out because of its lush, juicy qualities on the cupping table, and is a nice addition to the Groundwork menu.
In the Cup: Juicy; lemon, cherry, hibiscus, honey, and Dutch cocoa
Source: ASOATA (Asociación de Procductores Agropecuarios)
Region: Planadas, Tolima
Varietal: Caturra, Castillo, Colombia
Processing: Fully Washed, Sun Dried
Certification: USDA Organic