Colombia: Roasters United Competition
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2016 is the third year we have sponsored this coffee competition with our friends at Portola and Klatch.
In an effort to take coffee sourcing to a new level, the three companies created a new sourcing model that would help motivate farmers to produce great coffee, pay them transparently, and help us to find terrific lots of coffee.
This year, we again worked with Clear Path Coffee but the contest took place in the very old city of Popyan, Colombia. We offered all farms that produced excellent coffee a well-above Fair Trade price Farm Gate, meaning that in addition to a good price, we paid for all milling and exporting costs instead of the farmer.
For the winning micro-lots, we awarded 1.8 million pesos in farm-improvement grants. Winning farms received a 1.5 million peso farm-grant and we also constructed a larger blender lot with coffee from other exceptional farms. We have committed to paying a well-over Fair Trade price for the blend and we will dedicate 5-10 cents per pound for eco-projects that benefit participating growers.
This blend was formed using all the coffee that scored above a certain score from Narino, Huila, and Cauca, thus ensuring that all farmers who entered coffee that was specialty grade had their lots purchased. We feel Roasters United III has been a great success - The best competition yet!
A more developed roast; Soft acidity and rich depth, we get notes of vanilla, macadamia, and cacao.
Learn more about the genesis of the competition in Chuck's own words: