Asociación de Productores Orgánicos de Santander Kachalú
Caturra, Castillo, and Colombia
1350 – 1800 meters
Fully washed and dried inside solar dryers that provide protection from the rain
Cultivated in the mountainous Andes blanketed with natural forest, it's no surprise that the Colombia Organic RFA Kachalu has been recognized by the Rainforest Alliance Awards for the last 4 years as one of their top five certified coffees. The Kachalu producer group in the department of Santander takes full advantage of the naturally biodiverse environment for cultivating coffee in harmony with RFA principles of conserving forest, soil, and water resources. Kachalu is a tight-knit group with 110 producers cultivating coffee on farms that average 25 acres in size. Small enough for each producer in the group to manage their own micro-mill where meticulous care in cherry selection, depulping, fermenting, and drying coffee takes place. The Kachalu group is very experience, having worked directly with the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (FNC) for more than two decades to gain better access to technical support for best agricultural practices. In addition to marketing coffee internationally, the FNC provides producers with financing, training, and technical assistance to improve coffee quality. The FNC also strives to improve the quality of life for coffee producers and their families through projects promoting income diversification and education.