La Piramide is in Inzá, located in the centre of the western and eastern slopes of the Cordillera Central of the Andes. High mountains separated by canyons and rivers make this area some of the most beautiful yet also inaccessible in Colombia.
This coffee was processed by Asociación De Caficultores Del Oriente Caucano (Asorcafe), which was founded in 2004 by ten who were tired of being paid below national prices for their crops by private buyers. This had also led to a lack of traceability, with the coffee usually identified only as being from this region, not by cooperative or farm.
Asorcafe set up their own warehouses and purchased member’s harvests, then selling directly in Popayan, the region’s capital, to earn better prices. When our sourcing partners in Colombia, Caravela, began working with them to improve quality, prices rose further still.
Asorcafe has grown since, with this crop features coffee from around 400 small-scale farmers.
A violent history of FARC guerrillas had prevented Colombia’s national coffee board and specialty-focused exporters from working in the region. As violence lessened, growers in the region had better access to buyers, and also the tourism draw of nearby destinations such as the World Heritage listed Parque Nacional Arqueológico de Tierradentro.