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Colombia – El Carmen

By Hard Lines

In May 2017, Raw Material met with two coffee producer groups in Pitalito, Huila, to understand what was preventing farmers from accessing the specialty market. During these discussions we heard farmers describe their core challenges: a lack of key infrastructure; and lack of stable prices to provide certainty for investment in improved quality. Together, we also uncovered a wide gap between how coffee quality is discussed and measured at the farm level compared with the roasting end of the value chain. To address these challenges, we launched the Red Associations. With the new infrastructure in place, we are able to pay individual farmers a minimum fixed price which is double the household income of a typical coffee producing family. Once the new infrastructure is built, fixed price payments can get directly to producers through a transparent system. The goal is to achieve stable and sustainable prices for community coffee lots through improved quality control, shared knowledge, and a connection to the specialty coffee market.

El Carmen is the first member of the Red Associations project, based in Pitalito, Huila.

TASTING NOTES: Cacao – Brown Sugar – Rich


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Sold By : Hard Lines
PRODUCER: Red Associations El Carmen
REGION: Pitalito, Huila
VARIETY: Caturra, Castillo
ALTITUDE: 1400-2100 MASL

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Here at Hard Lines coffee we select, roast and serve great coffee that’s been sourced sustainably with the aim of building long lasting relationships at origin.

We are a small, artisan coffee shop and roastery based in Cardiff, Wales and we truly believe that what we’re trying to build is about more than just good coffee.  We’re passionate about keeping things fresh and fun and never take ourselves too seriously – that’s the Hard Lines way.

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Here at Hard Lines, our products are shipped via Royal Mail standard delivery and therefore should arrive within 3-5 working days from date or ordering. *Please note that during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be roasting and shipping our coffee on Mondays and Thursdays therefore there may be a slight delay in receiving your order. Your patience and support is very much appreciated. Diolch.*