March 2015 - Central Cooperative Indígena del Cauca
The Central Cooperative Indígena del Cauca "CENCOIC" is a public entity, nonprofit, which unionise with guards and / or indigenous councils and own economy structures within communities. The coop was granted on the 2th of May, 1980. CENCOIC has 378 member families spread over 24 reservations, located in the area known as "La Meseta de Popayan" in the department of Cauca.
Since its inception the CENCOIC, strengthened the first economic forms of indigenous communities, such as community stores, community groups and businesses, its main business is the distribution of basic goods and buying crops communities.
Coffee in Colombia and in the department of Cauca has been in decline in recent years, but CENCOIC has gone from strength to strength improving yields and quality in the cup and by finding routes to market.
Members of CENCOIC are located between 1500 to 1800 meters above sea level. The coffee is a blend of Caturra (50%), Tipica (20%), Colombia (20%) and Castillo (10%).
Additionally, the co-operative has begun to introduce environmentally-friendly growing and processing techniques. They have reduced by 25% the amount of chemical fertilisers used by using organic compost produced in their own farms. It has also encouraged the cultivation of the chachafruto, a native tree whose seeds can also be used for animal feed, to be used as shade for the coffee.
Found in the department of Cauca is located southwest of the country, the area is characterised by hosting the highest percentage of indigenous population, 190,069 people (about 20% of total departmental), belonging to 8 officially recognized ethnic groups, which are established in 26 of the 39 municipalities of Cauca.
Want to try some coffee from CENCOIC?
Well of course you do! Here's a link to help you find it on the website...
Enter the discount code "MarchGOTM" during your checkout to receive a sneaky discount ; )
This coffee was featured on In My Mug for WC 02/03/2015 and the episode can be seen by clicking the following link...