EL CARMEN - Colombia
El Carmen is the product of economic ingenuity courtesy of our choice social enterprise importers, Raw Material.
In a bid to understand why farmers may not be able to break into the specialty scene, Raw Materials collaborated with local producers and Invercafe where they carried out a series of Q and A sessions to unlock barriers to entry. Core challenges including lack of infrastructures and unstable pricing created too high of a risk for some farmers to invest in high quality.
To address these worries, Raw Materials established a new infrastructure they called Red Associations. The new system developed access to better quality equipment, price guarantee minimums of 1M COP/ carga of dry parchment and new drying bed facilities. These changes created an average income growth of 2.5x the previous figures average households would be taking home and a quality of coffee these producers had not seen before.
El Carmen is a truly tantalising coffee. A cup like this which exhibits tropical sweetness is not one you'll want to miss out on. Soft honeydew sweetness, fizzy chardonnay acidity and a mellow lychee finish.