Cola and dark chocolate, sparkling white grape acidity with a clean, sweet aftertaste.
Both family oriented and fiercely dedicated to coffee, the Primaveral association of farmers welcomes us with open arms on each visit. The group unquestionably commands an inherent level of respect and their coffee embodies this dynamic. With its unique cola and white grape flavours Primaveral’s coffee is more than inviting, while its cleanliness and staggering acidity personify the association’s dedication to producing coffee of distinction.
The Primaveral coffee association is located high in the mountains of the Huila region of Colombia, between the towns of San Agustin and Pitalito.
The association currently consists of 54 farms of various sizes. People from these farms are elected to serve as officials within the association, covering such roles as president and treasurer. The association has also hired a trained cupper, which has boosted their ability to produce coffees of the highest quality. While the association has many years of experience in producing coffee, it is only recently (and largely due to the influence of the neighbouring Los Naranjos association) that it has expressed interest in entering into an incentivized structure, one which is built primarily around quality.
All the association’s coffee is brought to a central warehouse where the coffee is scored by the cupper. If the coffee does not score above an 86, it is sold to a local mill and/or exporter to be added to the regional blend. If the coffee scores from 86-88, it is kept and labelled as La Primaveral and the farmer is paid a differential. When a coffee scores 88-90 points, the farmer receives a premium and the coffee is set aside and sold as a micro-lot. If the coffee scores above 90, the farmer receives an even higher premium and again, the coffee is kept to be sold as an exclusive micro-lot. This means there is a proper incentive for the association as a whole to produce coffee of the very highest quality. This system also acknowledges and rewards those farmers and coffees which perform exceptionally well.
As mentioned before, the association operates within the Huila region of Colombia. However, what makes this association so interesting is both its micro-climate and great elevation at 1500-2000 masl. In an area which can only be described as lush, with a distinctly tropical feel due to the constant clouds and mist which cover the area, the association produces coffees with a unique flavour profile.
We at Five Senses believe that we have a bright future with the Primaveral association. As their fly crop is nearly as strong as their main harvest, fresh, beautiful Colombian coffee will be delivered almost all year around.