Colombia Crucero A
Colombia Crucero A
Producer: Mustafà Family
Altitude: 1650 m
Processing: Layered Washed
Harvest: December 2018 - February 2019
El Crucero A was produced by Ana Mustafà who is a 3rd generation coffee farmer whose family first came to Colombia as Palestinian immigrants in the early 40’s. Her Grandfather Abdul Fattah Mustafà eventually settled in the town of La Celia in the Risaralda region and began purchasing classic coffee farms that consisted of mainly Typica and Bourbon varieties under Inga canopy. Her father James Mustafà continued in the coffee tradition and taught Ana to love the land, soil and coffee. Up until 3 years ago the family was mainly involved in the commercial coffee model in which they were selling parchment to cooperatives with no traceability or focus on cup quality. This tied their business to the C market and the huge fluctuations in price that plague that system. 3 years ago Ana was introduced to specialty coffee market and decided to work towards a business model that valued quality and transparency which culminated with the formation of laREB, a cooperative of small coffee growers from which we purchased this lot.
This lot is from the Castillo variety grown at 1600 meters and was processed using a method Ana calls layered washed; a fed batch process which consists of 4 days of pickings done in batches that are depulped day after day, mixed, and finally washed before being mechanically dried at low temperatures. The result is a coffee that blurs the lines between the clarity of washed processed coffees and the fruity and silky nature of dry processed coffees.
We purchased this coffee through La Real Expedición Botánica (@larealreb) a collective of small coffee growers, put together by @575cafe in a pursuit of having better market share, transparency and presence on the supply chain. They have identified notable producers who were then advised in processing based on their conditions. The lots go through sampling and quality analysis before being dry milled and packaged by @larealreb and delivered directly from the dry mill to the roaster. The operation is financed through a proprietary crowdfunding initiative in which some of the farmers also take part increasing their final revenue. This transparency model sees coffee going from producers directly to @larealreb and directly to roasters and the chain of feedback works in the exact same way with roasters providing feedback to both the Collective as well as producers. This project falls in line with our sourcing goal of more transparency and Lareb has provided us with a cost breakdown all the way to the farm gate level so we know what the producer was paid.
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