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The Association of Agroecological Producers of Balboa (ASPROBALBOA) was founded by 31 producer families in 2003 and currently has 144 members — 44 women and 100 men. It is one of 15 farmer associations and coffee cooperatives that make up the Empresa Cooperativa del Sur del Cauca (COSURCA) group. We have sourced coffee through COSURCA for several years now, and we’re excited that this year, we can feature a coffee traceable to one particular community — Balboa.

ASPROBALBOA represents individuals and families from across the municipality of Balboa. Their goal is to create productive agricultural business in their community and promote economic, social, and cultural development. The families of Balboa are smallholder farmers, cultivating on average 8 acres of land split among coffee, fruit trees, beans, vegetables, and panela — or cane sugar. A variety of shade trees protect coffee from full, direct sun and improve soil quality.

Empresa Cooperativa del Sur del Cauca (COSURCA) is composed of 15 farmer associations and coffee cooperatives from four municipalities in Cauca, a mountainous province of Southwestern Colombia. While some areas of southwestern Colombia are known for growing highly profitable (and illegal) coca and poppy plants, the premiums paid to COSURCA members help coffee remain a viable and legitimate business in the region. Since 1993, COSURCA’s 1,090 members have developed a strong organizational structure and nancial stability as a result of Fair Trade premiums.

This coffee has the kind of balanced and clean profile that we love in Colombian beans. We tasted citrus and caramel with a smooth, almost satiny, body. It’s the kind of coffee you can drink cup after cup, day after day.

  • Smooth body with nice brightness and notes of citrus and caramel.
  • The pour over methods gave a cup with a classic Colombian profile: smooth and juicy, with lots of citrusy high notes. Our favorite was the immersion brewer, which was complex and syrupy. The Aeropress produced a juicy cup with a super smooth body and an interesting nutty note.
  • Cauca, Southwestern Colombia
  • Typica, Caturra, Colombia
  • 1,400-1,900 m
  • Wet Processed; Sun Dried
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    Preferred Brewing Methods

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  • Coffee Roast
  • Profile
  • Pourover
  • Clever
  • Chemex
  • Aeropress
  • French Press
  • Espresso
  • Syphon
  • Colombia ASPROBALBOA

  • Smooth body with nice brightness and notes of citrus and caramel.
  • Smooth, juicy, citrus notes
  • Complex and syrup-like
  • Juicy, smooth body, nutty notes