Colombia –Grupo Pavón
Farm : Grupo Pavón,
Varietal(s): Caturra & Colombia
Processing: Fully washed, fermented for 24 hours & dried in raised beds
Altitude: 1,900 & 2,100 metres above sea level
Owner: 20 smallholder farmers (members of Cooperativa Salgar)
Region: Urrao, Antioquia
Total size of farm: On average, 1.5 hectares
This coffee has been produced by 20 small holder coffee producers, collaborating under the name Grupo Pavón, all of whom are members of Cooperativa de caficultores de Salgar (Coocafisa), a large Colombian cooperative that represents some 3,000 growers across Antioquia. Coocafisa is the only cooperative with a presence in Urrao, a remote municipality of Antioquia that was hard hit by FARC violence in the 1990s due to its remote location and lack of infrastructure. however, some small scale producers in the region have seized the opportunity and begun to make the most of their location, which presents the perfect conditions for high quality coffee. The lowest part of the valley lies at 1,900 meters.
Grupo Pavón was heavily inspired by Jose Arcado of Finca la Falda, two -time winner of Cup of Excellence and, coincidentally, also from Urrao. Though working smaller farms than La Falda (which is still small, at approximately 10 hectares), they decided that if they worked together they just might be able to improve their coffee quality so that they could access the speciality market. They succeeded! In 2014 the group achieved 3rd place in Colombia ́s COE of 2014, under the name of Pablo Emilio Montoya (one of the group’s leaders), and 2 Top 60 positions in the local Best Cup of Antioquia Competition.