organic coffee
La Clarita
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The project

Adopt a coffee field from the farm "La Clarita" in Apia-Risaralda (Colombia) and receive your harvest in the form of organic coffee at home. The Farmer John Jairo will take care for your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt a coffee field from the farm "La Clarita" in Apia-Risaralda (Colombia) and receive your harvest in the form of organic coffee at home. The Farmer John Jairo will take care for your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
Adopt a coffee field from our farm in Apia-Risaralda (Colombia). During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your coffee field. You adopt an organic coffee field of the Castillo variety at La Clarita. The farm is located at the foot of the TATAMÁ Natural Park, an ideal place to carry out organic agriculture and preserve the environment. The different winds that arrive and the unique environment make for an ideal cup. The coffee is called Supremo because during the milling process we use meshes that select the largest fruits. We use the Castillo variety for its great resistance to pests and diseases. It is a traditional variety from Colombia since it is very well adapted to the region. These characteristics make it ideal for organic practices. The Castillo variety coffee plant is not a very tall shrub and in this area of the country it has two harvests a year. It begins with a flower called orange blossom, which gradually turns into grain. On the farms we take great care of this plant when it is in bloom, since we can tell how much we will yield just by looking at the plants. We also count on the great work of the bees that are in charge of pollinating. The adoption of a Supremo coffee field at Clarita produces 12 coffee plants which produce an average of 6 pounds of Organic Coffee each season. The productive life of a coffee field is around 20 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your coffee field dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others.
What will you receive?
The box of your harvest contains: 6 x __roasted coffee beans of the “Supremo” variety__ (1 pound bags = 453,59g) * Medium roast * Chocolate notes, caramel and fruity aromas * Shipped in biodegradable bags * Each coffee bag is personalized with the name given by the CrowdFarmer to the coffee field * Keep your coffee in the bag in which we send it and consume it within the year from when you receive it * Once opened, store it in an airtight container since it is easy for the coffee to pick up the aromas of other products if it is not well closed * If it is stored in the bag try to extract as much air as possible by closing it without squeezing the beans * Exposure to air is not favourable since the coffee would develop flavors other than those we wanted to express. Store your box in a dry, cool, shaded area The handling of organic coffee is complex. We implement very good practices in harvesting to ensure the traceability of the best beans. We have very well controlled fermentation processes to be able to highlight the potential of the notes of this coffee farmer. In this case, two fermentations are carried out. The first time, it's done as the fruit is just harvested. The length of time of the process depends on the temperatures. For this reason the coffee growers control the fermentations by means of thermometers, monitoring the temperature curves. This fermentation is carried out so that the grains can absorb the flavors that are inside the fruit, in the mucilage that covers the grain or as we call it: honey. We carry out a process called: semi washed. After this fermentation, the coffee is de-pulped (the beans are extracted from the fruit) and it is washed in tanks. This step is followed by the second fermentation, normally for 12 hours, although these times vary according to the ambient temperature. After performing these steps, it is dried in the sun, looking for the optimum humidity point; what we require is between 9.5% and 11.5%. If this humidity exceeds 11.5%, the roasting is not homogeneous due to the high water content, and if it is below 9.5%, the coffee does not develop the flavors we want and it would remain a coffee with dry characteristics. All of our coffees obtained a qualification above 85 points according to the classification of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). The bags are made of biodegradable material. You will receive your harvest personalized with the name you've chosen in the moment of adoption.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. The fruits of the coffee plants ripen throughout the year. Twice a year, once in summer and once in winter, we do the drying, roasting and shipping of the coffee.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
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How does it work?

Meet the Farmers

Meet the Farmers

Adopt and plan your harvest

Adopt and plan your harvest

Let the Farmer and nature work

Let the Farmer and nature work

Receive your harvest at home

Receive your harvest at home

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John Jairo Pulgarin
John Jairo Pulgarin is a coffee farmer full of hopes and dreams. The obstacles he faced were just lessons to get stronger and move on. He tells, with great humility, the great effort that went into buying his La Clarita farm. John grew up in a poor family where from an early age he worked as a coffee picker on other farms. From there, the love of coffee and its cultivation was born, and with it the dream of giving their children an education and a different future. For this he worked hard and saved and after several years he managed to realize his dreams. Since 2012 he has been the owner of Finca la Clarita. John Jairo has three children and his greatest desire has been to be able to give his children the education that he did not have. A dream that he has achieved, thanks to his hard work and perseverance. Every day there are jobs to do on the farm. Because it is a small property, two people are in charge of the daily tasks of the farm: cleaning, fertilizing, drying ... we call this farm maintenance. When there are work peaks, the workforce increases to 4 workers who are in charge of the collection of the beans. In times of big harvests, he manages to have 6 to 8 collectors depending on the amount of coffee. In addition, there is always the manager who’s in charge of the farm and his wife, along with my family and I. The manager's wife is the head chef and is in charge of cooking lunches for everyone. When we are in harvest, she receives help from my wife. In search of a better future, my path crossed with Progeny Coffee. They manage to secure a sustainable price for my production. Today I am a producer of Progeny Coffee, one of the few who bet on organic cultivation among Colombian producers. __Progeny Coffee__ Progeny is a project of young Colombians that develop direct sales channels between coffee farmers and consumers. María J. Palacio, daughter and niece of Colombian coffee farmers is the founder and CEO of Progeny Coffee. María and her team offer coffee farmers like John and his family a direct window to the rest of the world. María is the voice of these coffee farmers and reports to the outside as well as to them on the inside. In recent year María had the chance to travel the world pointing out that the coffee that consumers usually have access to has turned into a commodity. Being a commodity it is difficult and impossible to know who has cultivated it under which economic circumstances, using what techniques. Within Colombia María brought together a group of coffee farmers to advocate for the quality of their cultivation. Her plan to achieve this: making sure that the coffee farmers are the protagonists and not only of the cultivation but also of the sale of their own coffees. María put it like this: “In order to motivate a coffee farmer to produce quality you need to let him take part in the entire value chain. As well as consumers, who want to know more and more about the farmers, the farmers also have a right to get to know the consumers and feel special and convince them that it is worthwhile to go for responsible and top quality cultivation”.
John Jairo Pulgarin

“Thanks to the adoption system we can plan ahead and in doing so we achieve to produce coffee based on the real demand of the consumers. To have the security of sale at a fair price motivates us to give our best in our daily tasks on the coffee fields because our own image and work is at stake.”

La Clarita
La Clarita
The farm La Clarita can be found Risaralda division, one of the Colombian divisions belonging to the “Coffee Belt”. It is a traditional coffee farm close to the Natural Park Tatamá of the Western mountain range of the Risaralda division. This farm is a farm many people would dream of, and in 2012 with a lot of effort and hard work I accomplished that dream. Since El Parque Tatamá is recognized as the only untouched virgen vegetation area in the world, the importance of managing La Clarita with strictly organic practices was clear to me from the beginning . Being on the foothills of the Protected Area the farm has a very diverse and important flora and fauna which creates an ideal ecosystem for a cup of 100% organic coffee. Moreover, the farm relies on the many different water springs in Páramo, which are one of the few water springs that have not been altered by humans, originating from a natural and pure source. In order to maintain sustainable agriculture, environmentally friendly practices are carried out. Being in a natural park area requires the strict control of these practices. In addition, to obtain the certificate of organic coffee, controls are carried out constantly. We control the herbs by cleaning with scythes to keep the crops clean. Pest control focuses on controlling the broca plaque and is based on prevention and cultural methods. We work with “Re-Re”, that is, constantly re-collecting and re-checking that there are no grains in the soil that can reproduce the larva. As it is an organic crop, the adaptation of the fields is carried out through a native forest, to maintain freshness and shade; this helps to maintain active biodiversity and keep the forests in their normal state. Being an organic farm we use the remains of shells to obtain organic fertilizers During the process we carry out different quality control checks. We do the first one on the farm. We use a device called a refractometer, which is responsible for measuring the concentration of sugar inside the grain. Since the honey that the fruit has carries the flavors, the more honey or sugar concentration, the better flavor we obtain. The second is done by means of the thresher, where we use a machine that selects beans by color. The third is done by means of meshes, which only allow the best size grains to pass through. The remaining beans are sold at the local market.
Technical information
Address
La Clarita, Apia-Risaralda, CO
Altitude
1500m
Team
5 women and 15 men
Size
10 hectares
Cultivation technique
organic farming
Irrigation
rain
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