Typica, Bourbon, Colombia
Dry Fermented, Washed, Raised Bed Dried
Apri - July 2018
Fondo Paez Cooperative
The 550 farmers of the Fondo Paez Cooperative are passionate about growing high quality, ecologically responsible coffee, but only as part of a larger strategy to achieve their ambitious goals as a community. The Paez are the largest indigenous group in Colombia and won constitutional control over their ancestral lands in the early 1990s. Through coffee, the Paez work to support a sustainable economy and ecology, but most importantly, the preservation of their cultural traditions.
Our history with Fondo Paez runs deep. Kickapoo co-owner, TJ Semanchin first forged a relationship with the community in 2004. It was at a time when traveling in the Colombian countryside was dangerous, due to the long-standing war between the Colombian government and the FARC guerillas. And so when representatives of the community invited TJ to visit their coffee farms, it was with the assurance that they would personally provide for his safety. It was a risk, but the Paez's integrity and determination eased his fear. TJ became the first coffee buyer to visit the community and a real partnership was born.
Fondo Paez Cooperative has persevered and grown, even in the face of the extreme challenges and violence in Colombia. When visiting them earlier this year, it was clear their cooperative and values are as strong as ever. We were heartened to see that Fondo Paez youth are not only engaged in farming, but they have also risen to positions of leadership, continuing the valuable work of the cooperative. We were struck by their unwavering hope for the future of coffee and their people, despite the many obstacles they face daily.
Inspired by their vision, we also continue to be impressed by the quality of Fondo Paez's coffee. Recognized as one of the best coffees in the world, in 2008 Coffee Review scored our roast of Fondo Paez a 95 (the highest for any Colombian coffee that year), and in 2014 they scored it a 93. We count ourselves truly fortunate to be able to work with the farmers of Fondo Paez Cooperative, to learn from them and to bring their outstanding coffee to you.
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