Farmer: 10 Families; potential: 200
Region: Serrania de San Lucas, Bolivar
Preparation: Washed and Sun Dried
Altitude: 1000-1550 MASL
About the Farm:
Grown in la Serranía de San Lucas, the “heart” of the Jaguar Corridor. This coffee is part of a conservation project devoted to the preservation of this crucial ecosystem for the protection of the jaguar and other big felines. It also helps in the prevention of illegal crops and mining. Buying this coffee, you support and enforce the farmers compromise to produce better coffee without deforesting, their compromise to not hunt the jaguar nor their preys and to help with the monitoring of the camera traps.
The Jaguar Coffee is a community effort in Colombia promoted by those who buy it and supported by many to protect the Jaguar Corridor in the Serrania de San Lucas. The Serrania de San Lucas is at the heart of the Jaguar Corridor, because it is the only area that guarantees the connectivity of the Jaguar Corridor in Colombia and across the continent. WebConserva is working in the area supporting the National Parks System to create a protected area and as part of that endeavor, is promoting the local communities that are producing arabica coffee around this conservation area. This coffee is produced on the edge of what will become one of Colombia’s newest protected areas of a jaguar habitat between 1600 and 1900 m.a.s.l., with at least 200 families that produce approximately 500 tons of parchment coffee by crop every year. The few dozen residents of the Serrania and their children, all internally displaced eight years ago by the violence in Colombia, live a modest life and the community’s only significant source of income is from coffee production.
The sustainable productive practices in the coffee plantations and the monitoring of the forest, has secured the endorsement of WebConserva for the community’s coffee. It is not only an extraordinarily high quality coffee, grown without the significant use of herbicides in what is close to an ideal climate for coffee cultivation, but the community has also worked hard to make their plantations friendly to wildlife, and especially to the jaguars that live in the surrounding forests. This responsible coffee farming is also improving the quality of life in the region, because the coffee farmers can now charge a minimum premium of 10 percent because they can say that their coffee is true Jaguar Coffee. http://webconserva.org/