There has been a growing number of regional events in Colombia to help promote specialty coffee cultivation in post-conflict zones. This coffee ranked as one of the top coffees in one such event, the Best of Cauca festival and auction, which is now in its fifth year. The goal of this annual event is to help producers increase access to new markets by providing a platform that will encourage farmers to continue producing coffee over illicit crops, primarily coca. Best of Cauca was organized with the support of USAID’s program Producers to Market Alliance.
This micro-lot was selected by the Central Cooperativa Indígena del Cauca (CENCOIC) to represent their organization in the Best of Cauca Competition. A principle of this indigenous community is unified solidarity for the community, not the individual. For this reason, CENCOIC chose to participate in the competition with selected community lots and prefers not to publicize the individual producer name, hence this coffee’s name, “cabildo”, which means “town council” in Spanish. They celebrated this award as a community achievement of the farmers of Tacueyó, and financial distribution has been given to the individual producer.
CENCOIC is a farmer organization founded in 1980 that supports the socio-political, economic and cultural development of the region’s indigenous communities. Coffee is CENCOIC’s principle commerce with farmers located in 16 indigenous reserves throughout Cauca in Southern Colombia.