Colombian Excelso Huila RFA comes from a group of small Rain Forest Alliance certified farms with an average size of 2 hectares each, located within the Huila department.
Several purchasing agencies around the area meticulously control each purchase to guarantee traceability and quality. These small farms are planted in mostly Caturra, and processing is of the traditional method. They all use manual hand-crank de-pulping machines to remove the cherry from the beans. They use raised beds for drying the coffee which gives the coffee good air circulation and even drying. In short the farmers are able to oversee how their coffee is handled, sorted, and prepped every step of the way.
Their efforts have been rewarded with a Rainforest Alliance Certification, one of the most demanding sustainability seals. The positive impact to the preservation of this region’s biodiversity is substantial. They work closely with neighbouring plantations to raise the awareness of the importance of organic and Rainforest certifications, because they are influential on both the land and the workers.
|Growing Altitude||1520 and 1650 m.a.s.l|
|Arabica Variety||Caturra, Typica|
|Milling Process||Washed, sun dried|
|Flavour||Caramel and tart fruity|
The Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal features a frog for a very good reason. Frogs are indicator species, meaning that they are a symbol of environmental health, and they are found on every continent except Antarctica.
Our green frog certification seal indicates that a farm, forest, or tourism enterprise has been audited to meet standards that require environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Thousands of products bearing the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal are found on shelves, in advertisements, and websites around the world.
In order to become certified, farms must meet criteria of the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard. The Standard encompasses all three pillars of sustainability—social, economic, and environmental. Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms are audited regularly to verify that farmers are complying with the Standard’s comprehensive requirements, which require continual improvement on the journey to sustainable agriculture. The Standard is built on these important principles of sustainable farming: