The coffee story
Red Ecolsierra is based in the department of Magdalena, North Colombia, and represents 352 families in the area. The coop's headquarters are located in the city of Santa Marta, at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, one of the highest coastal mountain chains in the world, which rises to peaks as high as 5.700 m above sea level.
The proximity to the coast creates the perfect space for hundreds of wild species to thrive in Sierra Nevada's coffee belt, which ranges from 900 m to 1.900 m above sea level. The forests which cover the higher slopes of the mountains are a natural for incredibly rich biodiversity. As Georgi Djalev wrote for Roast Magazine in the September-October 2019 edition: "The climate in this region is also special. The dry season is long, while the rainy season is short and intense. This allows only one harvest per year and requires the coffee to grow in the shade of other plants, which in turn prevents the soil from erosion and protects the watersheds, securing water for the cities below. It is also a habitat for endangered species. This closes a virtuous cycle that benefits both the coffee grower community and the environment. The exceptional environment produces characteristically flavoured, high-quality coffee that requires sustainable production practices to grow, which in turn benefits the unique nature of the place."
Red Ecolsierra manages 22 base groups and 7 collection points throughout the Sierra Nevada mountain chain, as pictured below. According to one of the farmers Jose Reatiga: "This coffee is harvested in friendship, dialogue between our neighbours and our regions. We look together to improve our production, so we get to know our neighbours much better and improve our relations in the region. For me, it is very nice to share with the neighbour and to know how he does his coffee processing, so we exchange ideas to improve the quality of coffee together and consequently our quality of life in the community".
The Fairtrade certification provides an extra bonus for every pound of organic coffee traded. The Ecolsierra Network's General Assembly of Associates is the one that distributes these resources in areas that respond to the needs of the farmers and their workers. Our lines of investment in social premium are directed to:
Infrastructure, machinery and equipment: Projects to improve the infrastructure of the wet mills, organic coffee drying processes, housing on farms, acquisition and assembly of silos and canopies, construction of basic sanitation, installation of ecological kitchens. They can also be used to improve workers' dormitories, drinking water tanks, irrigation systems and soil analysis.
Diversification of production and income: Natural honey packaging plant, equipment for quality improvement and coffee roasting, beekeeping, cocoa harvesting and community ecotourism, through the Macana Turismo initiative.
Eco-innovation and pollution mitigation for the local habitat: Rural electrification through solar energy systems and hydroelectric plants; projects to reduce the environmental impact of organic coffee processing and producer housing; reforestation and planting of timber trees for future ecological projects.
Credit funds: Financing of community projects and advances that facilitate the preparation of the harvest for the families.
Social and economic development: Purchase and maintenance of the administrative headquarters; an educational fund that facilitates access to education for members and their children; creation of Ecolsierra Export S.A.S. as the association's export company; implementation of sustainable farms, appropriation and diversification of the rural environment, agro-eco-tourism and beekeeping, training, marketing and public relations.
The cherries are hand-picked by the producers and their families and wet-milled at the farm. After depulping, the coffee is fermented in water tanks, washed and later sun-dried.
December, 2020 - December, 2020
Average yearly production in bags
Coffee Quality Evaluation
Cupped: February, 2021
Cupped: January, 2021
|Key flavor notes||
AlgranoCitrus fruit, Red apple, Herbal, Toffee
AlgranoFruity and bright, with excellent velvety mouthfeel and bright acidity, lingering toffee-like aftertaste. Soft and elegant. Would make an interesting espresso for those who want to get out of their habits and comfort zone but at the same time do not freak out completely;)
In 2001, Red Ecolsierra was founded in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains. Initially, and during the 2000s, the challenges were (a) the persecutions and fear spread by the illegal groups against the civilian population; (b) the little investment and state intervention in infrastructure in the region; and (c) skepticism about an agricultural model that promotes the protection and conservation of local fauna and flora. Today, the commitment of 352 producing families is to harvest and market certified organic and fair trade coffee in international markets, and therefore have a better price. With this, the families receive organic and fair trade premiums, which finance infrastructure, environmental management, and product quality projects in their farms, also the premiums contribute to funds on social investment and marketing, and education.
Relationships with Roasters in
Germany, Denmark, Finland, and United Kingdom
Average orders per roaster
Once the ordering period ends we will consolidate all coffees in a shared container. During transport, your coffee is fully insured. We will keep you informed about the shipment status.
Upon arrival of the coffee at the warehouse, you can choose between 2 delivery modes:
- Doorstep delivery: We will take care of transport to your roastery. We will provide your coffee fully insured until it is ready for unloading from the truck at your roastery.
- EXW (ex. warehouse) means that we will provide the coffee ready for pick-up at the terminal of the warehouse. You are responsible for organising transport and insurance from the warehouse to your roastery.
Currently, we can deliver coffee anywhere in Europe, except Hungary. For all European buyers, the coffee will be provided custom cleared in any case. Roasters in Switzerland choosing EXW will be responsible for customs clearance.
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2 payment methods are accepted on Algrano:
1. Buy now, pay later
Pay your coffee after its delivered in Europe. This option generates an additional fee, displayed in the shopping cart.
3. Pay 10 days after placing the order
We will send you a 10 day invoice straight after you placed your order.