Strawberry bubblegum joined by bright red currant & dark cherry.
Deep in the Villarazo region of Colombia, pioneering coffee social enterprise Raw Material has supported 30 smallholder families to establish their Red Villamaria association, empowering with skills and infrastructure. In an inspiring move, these Colombian farmers reached out to their Rwandan peers suffering from devastating landslides, donating part of their profit. And the coffee funding this impact is delicious! Ripe coffee is naturally processed, dried with fruit in-tact, for a vibrant cup of strawberry bubble gum, joined by bright red currant and dark cherry.
In the Five Senses pursuit of specialty coffee with a positive impact, the right relationships are key. Our partnership with the team at social enterprise, Raw Material, has unlocked an opportunity to support farming families in Colombia to achieve stable and sustainable prices. A critical step towards this is the establishment of Red ('network' in Spanish) Associations - allowing small scale producers to join forces for improved infrastructure, knowledge and resources.
In this case, 30 families in the Villarazo region have come together under the Red Villamaria banner and have a dedicated drying station located 500 meters down the mountain from their farms. This lower altitude offers hotter temperatures for faster, even drying, perfect for natural and honey processes and a general improvement of quality, ensuring higher value for the coffees.