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. Founded in 1993, this organization has been seriously affected by armed extremist groups who value the area for its proximity to the jungle and abundant natural resources. Many farmers in the area have converted their coffee crops to more profitable, illegal ones while others have been threatened and displaced by armed groups. In contrast, Cosurca's 1,090 members have a strong organization and financial stability as a result of Fair Trade.
Format: Whole bean green / unroasted coffee, 1lb (454g)
Cup Characteristics: Medium body, medium-high acidity, sweet berry flavour
Certifications: Caf Femenino, Fair Trade Certified, Organic
Varieties: Typica, Caturra, Colombia
Elevation: 1,400 - 1,900 m
Processing: Wet processing and sun drying
About Cafe Femenino The story of Cafe Femenino began in 2004 when women farmers from northern Peru began talking with their cooperative leaders about their desire to separate their coffee from the mens. These female members of Cecanor felt they put more care into their production, creating a superior product and wanted to know if there might be a market for womens coffee. Cecanor, having already established a partnership with Organic Products Trading Co. over the previous 10 years, collaborated with us to see how we might organize a womens only coffee for the international marketplace. Together we developed a full social program with the goal to empower female farmers using the production and sale of their own product as the vehicle to create social change. Today the Cafe Femenino Program continues to have a huge impact in the daily lives of women around the world and creates greater gender equality in families, cooperatives, and communities.