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La Claudinota 333g bag

La Claudinota is a dry-processed lot from a farm called La Claudina, in Antioquia, Colombia. Juan Saldarriaga has two farms in Antioquia that deviate from the region's commercial estate status quo. He now works with young farmers in his area to heighten their market access and self-sufficiency. In the cup, we taste apricot, plum, and cotton candy.

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Flavour profile:

TasteApricot, plum, and cotton candy.
MouthfeelJammy

Story:

La Claudina is a farm in Antioquia, Colombia, a region known for producing vast quantities of coffee but relatively little specialty. La Claudinota is among the farm’s larger offerings from its past harvest, and one of the cleanest and loveliest dry-processed South American coffees we’ve had the pleasure of tasting in quite some time. La Claudina is owned and managed by Juan Saldarriaga, whose story conveys a compelling variation of the positive impact that all of our purchases strive to uphold. 

The prevalent patterns of production in Antioquia are quite distinct from the supply chains we tend to represent. Most coffee here is produced on very large estates that emphasize quantity over quality, relegating environmental and social concerns to the periphery. While concentrations of successful commercial estates can sometimes lend relative economic stability to a region, the distribution of wealth and pathways to small-scale self-sufficiency are typically quite frail and fragmented. Juan Saldarriaga, whose family operated two medium-sized conventional farms near the town of Bolivar before he took over in 2012, is following a distinct trajectory in Antioquia. Juan’s experiences abroad informed his perspective on the breadth of markets that he and his neighbours failed to access through traditional means of production. Additionally, and of even greater interest to us here at Dispatch, his willingness to invest in quality-oriented practices and infrastructure has enabled him to helm a movement that demonstrates alternate means of income, market access, and entrepreneurship in his community. Proving the sustainability of his own modified operations, Juan now actively works with other young producers in his area to augment their options and agency outside of their long-marginalized position in the status quo.

Though we buy many coffees from Colombia, we have never carried one from Antioquia, largely for the reasons outlined above. Coffees from Juan and some of his neighbours were presented to us by importing partners at Nordic Approach, whose strategic alignments with well-resourced producers catch our attention when coupled with positive community influence and disruption of otherwise-unsustainable organizational structures. 

We purchased two lots from Antioquia this year, one washed and one dry-processed, from each of Juan’s farms. The washed coffee, el Encantazo, will join our menu in June. In La Claudinota, we taste apricot, plum, and cotton candy.

Production

Farm Size18 hectares
Varietal(s)Castillo, Tabi, Caturra
Certifications
KG's Purchased1190
Processing MethodDry
Arrived at DispatchMay 2020

Who it's From

ExporterTierra de Cafe
ImporterNordic Approach
ProcessedOn-farm
Farm SystemSingle farm
Relationship DurationNew
Number of Contributors

Where it's From

RegionAntioquia
CountryColombia
N/S/E/W
Elevation1,400 - 1,800
Sub-regionBolivar