- REGION: Planadas, Tolima
- FARM: ASCI'SP Cooperative
- VARIETY: Caturra, tabia, typica, castillo
- ALTITUDE: 1600 masl
- PROCESS: Washed - Organic
- ROAST: Medium-Light
Flavour Notes: Bright, cherry, lemon, peach, dark chocolate
Tolima Gaitania is an Organic certified Excelso grade coffee from the ASCI’SP Cooperative. This cooperative exists to honour and assist the Nasa people, who are indigenous to the land.
This group of people are known as the Páez indigenous group or the Nasa We’sx tribe, who originates from southern Cauca. They were brought to Planadas at the southern end of Tolima by the Colombian Army in the early 1900’s, to work in the gold mines.
Today, they’re part of the Asociación de Caficultores Indígenas de San Pedro (ASISP), high in Gaitania, South Tolima. All 150 members (88 women and 66 men) manage their plantations under organic standards that are in line with the ancient principles of their tribes.
The Nasa people have great respect for the land they inhabit and cultivate everything organically, leaving as much native flora intact as possible as a matter of principal. ASISP has helped coffee growers on the reserve to improve agricultural practices and maintain organic and fair-trade certifications. These members would have been unable to access all of this independently.