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• Our coffee of origin has differential qualities which give it a unique touch, thanks to the fact that it is surrounded by citrus and fruit trees.
• The coffee zone of Palestina Caldas, has a land suitable for the production of coffee, thanks to its optimal quality in soils and climatic conditions.
• We handle the Castillo variety of coffee, with a large grain size and great resistance to disease, thus guaranteeing a coffee with an excellent cup profile.
• Our harvesting process is careful and meticulous, properly selecting ripe beans to guarantee excellent quality. • On our farm we carry out BPA (good agricultural practices) growing a coffee free of pesticides, thinking about the well-being of the consumer and the environment
• We offer excellent quality coffee, that is why we are at the forefront and up-to-date with the technical recommendations applied to this crop. "
Corrales Harvest, export coffee
If Cosecha Corrales coffee reaches your table, it is good for you to know a little about its origin. Thanks to an extensive conversation with Sebastián and Claudia I was able to learn a little about this product with Caldano roots, harvested and produced in the Buenos Aires farm, located in the La Paloma area, which is between Chinchiná and Santagueda.
Claudia Corrales' family has owned the farm since the sixties and has always been a coffee producer. At 1,400 meters above sea level it produces its origin coffee that has differential qualities that give it a unique touch, thanks to the fact that it is surrounded by citrus and fruit trees. Precisely, the coffee zone of Caldas has a terrain that is apt for the production of coffee, thanks to its optimum soil quality and climatic conditions. There, in the Buenos Aires farm, they handle the Castillo coffee variety, with a large bean size and great resistance to diseases, thus guaranteeing a coffee with an excellent cup profile.
Their harvesting process is careful and meticulous, properly selecting the ripe beans to guarantee an exceptional quality. In the same way, the farm works with GAP (good agricultural practices) cultivating a coffee free of pesticides, thinking of the well being of the consumer and the environment.
From its origins
Cosecha Corrales Coffee was born as a venture while Sebastián and Claudia were living in Paraguay. There they discovered the love that the Mennonite communities felt for Colombian coffee and began to work towards this idea. The Mennonite communities are mainly German colonies that have contributed a lot to the development of the country, thanks to their organization and principles.
When Sebastián worked with people from this community in Paraguay, they would ask him to bring Colombian coffee brands when he returned from his work trips. One of those times, he could not find the brand that they asked for and Claudia, as a good paisa, enterprising and risk-taker, proposed to bring the product from the family farm and the Mennonites loved it. They began to talk to their peers and this had a multiplier effect, which showed the Colombian couple that Paraguayan consumers like that it is a bonified coffee, with low percentage of CBB and rust, and excellent flavor.
They came up with the idea in 2018 to create Cosecha Corrales Coffee. They started thinking about names, labels, designs, brand registration and so many other items to check when starting a company. Since that moment, they have worked and managed everything together, as a couple, and have included family and friends in the commercialization of a standardized product and with good percentages. Claudia is a coffee lover and knows a lot about coffee, since her father has coffee heritage. Sebastián, on the other hand, began to learn more about coffee during the process and today is in charge of the commercial side of the business.
They affirm that, although the coffee always had a good price in the cooperative, it had never been in the process of transformation to a final product and today they are proud to have an export product such as Cosecha Corrales Coffee, a product whose cup is balanced, since it has sweet, chocolate, caramel and even woody notes.
Caldas is probably one of the most rugged Colombian departments in its geography. The entire department seems to drop from the heights of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano to the banks of the Magdalena and Caldas rivers. The people of Caldas are hard workers, enterprising and imaginative, and they have made their own way by confronting a nature that gives no truce and demands the best of everyone to harvest its fruits. This region is emblematic of the coffee land par excellence. Here there are experimentation farms of the National Federation of Coffee Growers and laboratories where new varieties of coffee plants have been developed and where excellence is constantly sought.
Claudia's father bought the farm when he already had an assortment of coffee and decided to give continuity to the cultivation of this product. Today they have a post-harvest plant at the Buenos Aires farm and work the entire process of harvesting and washing the coffee, they have a pulping machine and do everything with local pickers. They work with the Castillo Naranjal coffee variety and are grateful for the technical support of the coffee growers committee, from where an agronomist arrives periodically to provide them with technical specifications on the crop.
When I read about coffee, a hypothesis stands out that calls my attention. "With the introduction of the caturra variety, one of the great beauties of Colombia disappeared, which was the shade that arabica coffee needed. The caturra variety does not require shade, for which reason the forests have been disappearing to give way to enormous extensions of coffee, profitable, but of little environmental value". When I ask Claudia about this, she tells me that in the Buenos Aires farm there are alternative crops and that they once grew bananas for another project. There are also fruit trees such as oranges and tangerines and it is thanks to these crops that the characteristic cup flavor attributes of Cosecha Corrales coffee appear.
All the way to Paraguay
Sebastián emphasizes that selling coffee was a rebound business. When they lived in Paraguay they never thought that the coffee from the family farm could be so successful, but they have been surprised with the success that it has had among the Mennonite communities of this country and all those other people that have enjoyed its flavor. The Cosecha Corrales coffee that they export has a cup profile score of between 84 and 85, when the coffees from the farms have scores up to 78. It is a good coffee without additional processes and when there is such a good coffee it means that something right is being done on the farm. Sebastián is happy to say that they have recurring clients, which is a plus for any product since they have a base on which to work.
Regarding coffee exports, and according to a report of the news portal Portafolio, in the last twelve months, foreign sales of coffee beans stood at 12.4 million bags, a slight drop of 1% with respect to the more than 12.5 million bags sold between February 2020 and January 2021. However, Colombia continues to be the world's largest producer of washed mild Arabica coffee and some 540,000 farming families derive their livelihood from its activity.
Café Cosecha Corrales so far only exports to Paraguay. With some web pages they have made tests to sell abroad and they are happy with the results. They seek to reach their clients abroad through different, disruptive channels, while in the domestic market they focus their efforts on traditional sales, through voice to voice. In 2021 they were able to register the trademark in Paraguay, since without this registration exporting the product would be very complicated.
Among acquaintances and friends of the Corrales family this coffee has been very well liked, which has the Colombian Coffee Seal and denomination of origin, showing how much work is dedicated to the roasting of the coffee beans. Until now, it has been exported only as a roasted product, but different processes have been carried out for clients that request a different product in Paraguay. It also has all the Invima regulations and complies with the rules issued by the Colombian cooperatives.
Cosecha Corrales Coffee is a family business in every sense, focused on showing the best of their region through the different products they export to the international market, where they are focused. However, the Buenos Aires farm produces a lot of coffee for the sales that they have at the moment, for which they hope that, at the moment in which a company asks them for all the production, this can be sold in the foreign market.