Café Paz

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Bringing together Colombian families of farmers and partners in the coffee supply chain to support Colombia’s peace process, providing work-oriented education and sustainable economic opportunities for the reincorporation of ex-combatants.

Café Paz is the result of a carefully weaved network of relationships between PASO Colombia, communities of coffee farmers affected by violence, their cooperatives and associations, the National Federation of Coffee Growers, manufacturers, and international traders, to support the production of premium coffee, and to finance projects that contribute to improve the overall quality of life in regions affected by the armed conflict.

The Project

The project aims to provide sustainable peace to Colombian coffee growing communities through a four stage process:

  • Stage 1 - Bring Café Paz to market: Support participating coffee growers with above-market prices and direct fair trade.
  • Stage 2 - Employment and apprenticeship: Communities that where affected by the conflict will learn to grow coffee from participating coffee growers, building relationship and healing historical wounds.
  • Stage 3 - New beginnings: Eligible beneficiaries who have mastered the art and science of coffee growing will have the opportunity to become small-farm owners themselves and produce their own coffee as part of a growing community.
  • Stage 4 - Expand cooperativism: Community building, in the form of associations and cooperatives in this case, have proven to be a powerful tool for diminishing reincidence and creating sustainable peace.

Coffee and Coffee Growers

Over 500 coffee-growing families have expressed a willingness to welcome communities affected by the armed conflict to their farms, teach them their craft, and provide jobs.

The privileged coffee growing conditions provided by the mountainous regions of North Cauca and Paramillo, near zones where the armed conflict has been more intense, provide premium quality coffees suitable for the most demanding international markets.


Cauca

Farmers from the mountains of Cauca that resisted violence from all sides of the conflict while making efforts to keep their youth away from illegal crops.

  • Cup profile: Sweet, citrous, floral, fruity, chocolatey with a bright citrous undertone, and hints of green apple. A creamy and juicy body.

  • Variety: Tabí, Caturra, Castillo
  • Altitude: 1,100 – 2,100 m.a.s.l
  • Municipalities: Corinto, Toribio, Santander de Quilichao, Jámbalo, Miranda, Buenos Aires, Suárez.

Paramillo

Farmers from the mountains surrounding the Natural Reserve of Paramillo, Antioquia, who returned to their lands after having been displaced by violence.

Cup profile: Soft, citrous, honey sweet, chocolatey coffee. A creamy expressive, delicate cup with a prolonged residual taste.

  • Cup profile: Soft, citrous, honey sweet, chocolatey coffee. A creamy expressive, delicate cup with a prolonged residual taste.

  • Variety: Caturra, Castillo
  • Altitude: 1,600 - 1,900 m.a.s.l.

  • Municipalities: Peque

Partners


Café Paz is possible thanks to a growing network of partners that include:

  • The National Federation of Coffee Growers
  • The Cooperative of Coffee Growers of North Cauca (CAFINORTE)
  • The Cooperative of Coffee Growers from the West of Antioquia (COOPEOCCIDENTE)
  • CAFEXCOOP
  • EXPOCAFE
  • 16 associations of coffee growers in Cauca and Antioquia.