CO-99-202010 • Current harvest

La Estrella - Bahareque Micro-lot Series

  • Conventional (no certification): $6.8344 USD / kgFOB

  • Origin: Colombia
  • Variety: Castillo
  • Process type: Fully washed
  • Algrano's cupping score (SCA): 85.0 points
  • Available quantity: 5 bags
  • Minimum order quantity (MOQ): 5 bags
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  • Available for shipping from Apr, 2021 to Jul, 2021.
  • ETA Bremen, Germany: November 2021
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The coffee story

La Estrella is a micro-lot produced by farmers of the municipality of Argelia at 1680 meters above sea level. Norbey Ernesto is one of the farmers.

Norbey Ernesto

Argelia is a town that sits on the Cordillera Occidental

Cafernote’s micro-lot program
In 2020, Cafenorte started a micro-lot program so that its members could be rewarded for producing higher qualities. When a member delivers coffee to one of the 12 collection sites managed by the cooperative, the coffee is immediately evaluated and cupped. If Cafenorte scores the coffee above 86 points and finds a factor below 92 they pay the farmer the local plaza + USD 0.11/lb straight away. After the coffee is sold, the producer will receive another 40% to 60% of the profit, adding USD 1.32/kg on average and going up to USD 1.76/kg. Farmers selling micro-lots will also receive two annual premiums paid to all members.

Currently, Cafenorte separates micro-lots according to cup profile rather than by farmer. Each micro-lot can be composed of beans from up to 5 producers. As the program is new, farmers haven’t yet achieved enough consistency to produce the same quality every year, so the origin of a micro-lot may vary, as it happens with many cooperatives that are starting out in the micro-lot business. This doesn’t mean the coffees are not traceable. The cooperative always knows who produced the coffees they stock and keeps strict records.

Most of Cafenorte’s micro-lots come from the higher altitude municipalities of Valle del Cauca such as El Águila, El Cairo, Argelia and sometimes Versalles, all West of the Cordillera Occidental. The micro-lots are stored in a warehouse and, once the sale is done, Cafenorte assigns the contracted bags to the client. At this point, they can tell exactly who is (are) the farmer(s) behind that lot.

Members’ support 
Cafenorte supports its members not merely with technical assistance but also in learning how to manage the farm as a business. Many staff members of the cooperative are sons and daughters of local farmers who receive training from Cafenorte in cupping and quality control, as baristas or as agronomists. Currently, the cooperative is also working on improving how members dry their beans at the farm by helping them build polytunnels. The coop pays for a big percentage of the materials needed and provides the knowledge and the farmer is in charge of labour. 

The cooperative is also invested in composting coffee skins so they can be reused as organic fertilizer and in treating the wastewater that results from the washing process. They have been testing the efficacy of East Indian Grass or Vetiver in extracting the toxic substances in residual water and the results are very positive! This method is also affordable and low maintenance for farmers. The coop helps producers in planting the pasture and when it grows, the grass is cut with the roots and thrown in a ditch with the residual water. The roots extract most of the residue, avoiding contamination of rivers and streams.

Discover how Cafenorte supports the children of farmers.

The process

Traditional: 17 hours between natural fermentation, washing process and sun-dried. The pulp and water used in the first washing process are biologically processed and used as organic compost.
Produced & offered by Cooperativa De Cafetaleros Del Norte Del Valle CAFENORTE
  • Colombia
  • Cooperative
  • FairTrade, UTZ Certified
  • 16 sales on Algrano
  • 12 Roaster relationships
  • Seller relationships with Roasters in , , , , ,
  • 2 Average orders per roaster
Trusted by
Ancoats Coffee Co

Very close to Algrano. Consistent certified coffee

CAFENORTE is a cooperative with around 1.700 associated Coffee families in 12 municipalities of the Norte del Valle del Cauca, it has been more than 50 years as a leader in the production and marketing of Coffee in the northern region of the department. Our main purpose is to assure the wellness of the associated Coffee families, for that reason the cooperative has created services, programs and has obtained different certificates to contribute to their quality of life. At the same time we offer to our clients traceability throughout the value chain and a life experience directly with the coffee growers, due to CAFENORTE has supervised and controlled the entire chain process since the farm until the milling or roasting.

  • Process type
    Fully washed
  • Altitude range
    1680m - 1680m
  • Harvest period
    October, 2020 - October, 2020
  • Average yearly production in bags

Coffee Quality Evaluation

Cupped: November, 2020
Cooperativa De Cafetaleros Del Norte Del Valle  CAFENORTE
Seller (Pending)
Cupped: November, 2020
SCA Score
Seller (Pending)
Key flavor notes
Spice, Orange blossom, Pip fruit, Citrus fruit, Vanilla, Toffee
Seller (Pending)
Coconut, Anise, Lemongrass, Fruity, Nutmeg
Quality comment
Elegant and sweet, with notes of citrus, spice and pip fruit, with citric medium acidity and elegant tea-like body, very well balanced.
Seller (Pending)
Grade: EP 2.5% 
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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.

When calculating price, you can select your preferred currency: USD, CHF, EUR, or GBP.

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.