Origin: Planadas, Tolima, Colombia
Altitude: 5400 – 6900 feet
Varieties: Caturra, Typica, Castillo, Colombia, Bourbon
Drying: Sun Dried
Roast: Medium (435)
Notes: Milk Chocolate, Berry, Apricot, Lime, Vanilla, Caramel
Agprocem was formed in 2013 in the city of Planadas. Under the leadership of the inimitable Endinson Vaquiro Mendoza, Agprocem cultivates a collective 101 hectares in the Tolima region of Colombia. Tolima has only recently emerged out of a history of violence and isolation to become an emblem of progress and agricultural excellence in the coffee industry of Colombia, in large part thanks to Agprocem’s focus and determination. The cooperative offers extensive training programs for its members that support the health of the individual, the organization, and the world as a whole. Beyond trainings focused on agricultural practices, the cooperative also offers administrative and management training for their staff, with the idea that investment in personal growth will ensure smooth operations and encourage growth for the cooperative.
Quality is a clear focus throughout Agprocem’s entire operation, from the technical training in Fair Trade and organic practices, basic agricultural practices, and environmental conservation practices at the farm level to specific investments in technology that assist in quality assurance and traceability. Thanks to their ownership of a state-of-the-art mill in Planadas, the cooperative is able to retain full control of quality from seed to export. A hallmark of their environmental conservation is an agreement Agprocem requires their members to sign in which they agree to promote reforestation of cleared agricultural lands and conserve water resources. In 2017, an investment from USAID and their own Fair Trade premiums allowed the installation of 65 water treatment systems throughout the region to adequately handle and preserve water sources that have been affected over the years by coffee production.