This coffee has a distinct taste that reflects the community effort and youthfulness put into it. Agecosur is an association based in Jericó - Antioquía, primarily run by leading women, that focuses on environmental issues and specialty coffee production. The latter is a means of improving the quality of life for the families involved. With over 19 producers, Agecosur's coffee is truly special. They operate three processing facilities or "Nucleos" in the surrounding villages of Jerico: Palenque (the largest and the source of the name), Palenquito, and Buga. The coffee is harvested at its ripest and delivered to one of the Nucleos, where it is dry fermented in containers for up to 60 hours, controlling the fermentation with a degasser valve. After the fermentation period, the cherries are taken to drying beds where temperature and humidity are regulated over 20-30 days. According to the founder, this coffee has notes of honey, red berries, and chocolate, with a mellow body and silky aftertaste.
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Founded in 2017, AGECOSUR is a non-profit association led by woman entrepreneur Edith Yohana García. Their focus is on leaving the world better than they found it, primarily through environmental care, reforestation, water source preservation, and specialty coffee. The association is divided into three nucleos, with Palenque processing nearly 80% of all their natural coffees. Each nucleo has a family responsible for the processing and drying, while the rest of the associates bring their cherries during harvest. AGECOSUR is now joining the ranks of UVI as mentees in order to take their processes to the next level and help improve the coffee production chain.
Name of the farm:
Jericó, Antioquía, Colombia
Castillo & Colombia