REGION: Magdalena, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
GROWING ALTITUDE: 1200 masl
ARABICA VARIETY: Typica, Castillo
HARVEST PERIOD: October - January
MILLING PROCESS: Washed, patio-dried
FLAVOR: Honey, sweet berry
ACIDITY: Bright, complex
The Kankuamos are one of four indigenous groups living in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains. They are joined by the Kogui, Arhuaco, and Wiwi peoples who all continue to honor their traditional cultural lifestyles in the isolated mountain regions. In the 1980s, the Kankuamos began organizing themselves into a united people that could carry more political and social weight in their region.
The Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta is home to 30,000 indigenous people and due to its varying climate and biodiversity, it was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1979. The area of the Santa Marta Mountains is highly disputed territory. Both leftist and right wing armed groups fight for control. It is an area that has been greatly affected by the narcotics trade and many Kankuamo people have lost their lives in the conflict. Responding to the need to protect their people and their heritage from outsiders, the Kankuamo people joined together to form the Kankuamo Indigenous Organization in 1993.
Still, the region is known for being a dedicated coffee producing community made up of small farmer families. We have been fortunate to make sustainable relationships with producers from Santa Marta and hope to continue to provide their high quality coffee.
Wildflower honey, blackberry, citrus notes, syrupy body, currant