Colombia Geovany Liscano
Whole bean coffee
Farm Name: Los Cauchos
Producer: Geovany Liscano
Altitude: 1800 meters
Process: Washed, dried on raised beds
Varieties: Caturra, Colombia, Typica, Bourbon, Tabi
Tasting notes: Grapefruit, lime, green tea, kiwi
Geovany Liscano is a member of Asorcafé, an association of smallholding producers in three towns across the province of Inzá in the department of Cauca. Geovany was Asorcafé’s third president, and he remains an active leader in the community. In the canton of Pedregal Geovany owns three farms with only 5 hectares (12 acres) split between them. He’s maintained a dedication to quality coffee production and the welfare of his community for over a decade.
Inzá lies deep in the interior of Colombia, and is known as La Tierra Adentro, or “the inland” in Spanish. The Nevado del Huila, Colombia’s tallest volcano, is visible on clear days, and the Paez river cuts through the rugged valley, connecting Cauca with the neighboring department of Huila. Compared to its neighbors this region is relatively dry, contributing to a distinct character in the cup.
Asorcafé was founded in 2004 by ten coffee growers who were tired of selling their coffee to local buyers offering prices lower than the national market. Asorcafé works to provide their members with aid for education, job training and healthcare, and our supply partners at Red Fox Coffee Merchants work closely with them to pay the best prices on the market for the top quality lots.
This is our first year buying coffee from Asorcafé, through our sourcing partners at Red Fox Coffee Merchants, who continue to build on a twelve year relationship with each other. We wrote a forward contract in September 2019 for 10 bags of coffee from this association, and ended up committing to an additional 4. We scored this lot 87 points and purchased 9 70kg bags for $3.45/lb EXW, on a day when the Coffee Commodity price was $1.05/lb. To round out our contract we also purchased 5 more 70kg bags from two other producers.
Photo credit: Red Fox Coffee Merchants