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In the mountains of Antioquia, the associated coffee growers and their families of the North, Northeast, East, Jericho and Fredonia zones put all their dedication and love to produce coffee of excellent quality. A coffee as sweet as honey, aromatic as spices, pleasant and full-bodied that melts in a delicious cup of coffee. An almost obligatory ritual that many of us perform with pleasure every day. The order of our coffee is evident from the initial phase of cultivation, where you see lots with width for the growth of the tree, which facilitates the different tasks of both maintenance and harvesting.
The beans produced for you to have this product on your table are cultivated in the sun and shade, with a location at an altitude of 1970 meters above sea level. It can be consumed in the United States thanks to our platform, the perfect place to find the best brands of Colombian Coffee.
Coffee Antioquia, associativity projects.
Antioquia is probably one of the departments with the most irregular geography in the country. The mountains follow one after the other in an endless parade of peaks and mountain ranges, gorges, gorges, ravines and ravines. Seeing this landscape would make anyone believe that the earth has never been flat. Anyone passing through Antioquia will see coffee plantations or other fruit trees planted on mountain slopes where it is difficult to imagine anyone walking on them. Many of these spaces are planted with coffee, that great transformer of culture in Antioquia. A very unique culture grew around coffee, giving way to picturesque towns and villages that spread to other parts of the country.
In these mountains, associated coffee growers and their families from the North, Northeast, East, Jericó and Fredonia put all their dedication and love into producing a coffee of excellent quality. A coffee as sweet as honey, aromatic as spices, pleasant and full-bodied that melts in a delicious cup of coffee. An almost obligatory ritual that many of us enjoy every day.
The Antioquia Coffee Growers Cooperative, in charge of producing Antioquia coffee, is a company of the solidarity sector with more than 11,000 associated coffee growers. Its main function is to guarantee the commercialization of the bean, transferring the best possible market price to the producers. It manages the commercialization of coffee and agricultural inputs in the regions of the East, Southwest, North and Northeast of Antioquia covering 54 municipalities of the department. The coffee beans with which Antioquia coffee is produced are cultivated in the sun and shade, with a location at an altitude of 1970 meters above sea level.
It was created on July 31, 2000 with the merger of the Fredonia and Oriente Cooperatives. A year later, the Jericó Cooperative was incorporated and in 2003 the North and Northeast Antioquia Cooperative joined, with quality being the hallmark of the Antioquia Coffee Growers' Cooperative. As an organization they wish for the well being and quality of life of the entire coffee family because they firmly believe that coffee, beyond a simple agricultural product, is a way of life, a way of culture and a hope for progress for those who dedicate themselves to it.
Coffee Growing Families
In Antioquia is where most families live from growing coffee in Colombia. There are more than 80,000 producers, out of the 550,000 that the country has; people that every day get up with their children, wives and workers to go through 104,000 farms that extend in 2,685 villages in 94 of the 125 municipalities of the department. In fact, coffee growing in Antioquia grows on small plots of land, as the average cultivated area is 1.55 hectares per farmer. Only 623, a small 0.8% of the total, have more than 15 hectares and are already considered large in the scale of the national coffee universe, according to the most recent accounts. This is a coffee growing region with 140 years of coffee tradition, the second in national production and the third in registering more exports to destinations such as the United States, Canada, Japan and Germany. The above demonstrates the relevance of this industry in the regional economy, giving way to strategies that continually seek to strengthen the technical and commercial capacities of the actors of the value chain. Since its inception, the Cooperativa de Caficultores de Antioquia has been committed to contributing to the integral wellbeing and satisfaction of its associates and the relationship with its stakeholders, through the continuous improvement of the Quality Management System, with the support of competent and committed personnel, through compliance with quality objectives and applicable requirements. This is what associativity is for in a sector such as the coffee industry, to create interesting projects and alliances for all participants.
Associates for Coffee
Associativity is defined as an instance of territorial integration for the purpose of producing economies of scale and synergies, destined to propitiate economic development, the provision of services and all those common tasks that could give better results from a perspective of collaboration and support. In other words, associativity represents an alternative to the difficulties faced by communities that, individually, would not reach the levels of development they seek. As in Latin America, associativity in Colombia has been a rural development strategy widely implemented by agricultural communities, since through it better social and economic results can be achieved, especially for the poorest communities. For this reason, rural associativity is considered a key factor to improve the living conditions of rural inhabitants and to strengthen the generation of income and the productive capacity of agricultural producers. The National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia has incorporated associativity as a key vector in its social development strategy. This is due to the fact that it has recognized the value that associativity generates in the communities of small coffee growers and the fact that associative forms have developed spontaneously in a good part of the coffee geography of the country, sometimes supported by the coffee growers' committees themselves, governmental entities, international cooperation or ONGs.