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Pedregal Espresso

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Department: Cauca
Varietal: Caturra, Colombia, Castillo
Region: Inza
Elevation: 1800 - 2000 meters
Process:  Washed
Fermentation: 24 - 46 Hours
Tasting Notes: Cocoa, Prune, Almond

Deep in the interior of Colombia's department of Cauca lies the province of Inza, known in Colombia as Le Tierra Adentro. On a good day, it is a two hour drive from Popayan and La Plata in either direction, but frequent mudslides and road closures mean it's often not easily accessible. On clear days in the village of Inza, one can see straight up to the Nevado de Huila, the highest volcano in Colombia. Very little coffee is grown below 1750 masl with a great portion growing at 1900 masl. Caturra, Castillo, and Typica are found in the region, with Caturra being the dominant variety.

The coffee producers of Inza were in many ways the original inspiration and motivation for the creation of Red Fox Merchants. Aleco's twelve-year relationship with the Asorcafe Producers' Association of Inza has been rewarded with success in quality and new discoveries. Red Fox buys coffees from three main villages or countries within the Inza municipality -- Pedregal, San Antonio, and the town of Inza. Each village is often composed of just a handful of families with no more than 20-30 hectares dedicated to growing coffee. When volume allows, we bulk by family or by individual producers.

Asorcafe was founded in 2004 by ten coffee growlers who were tired of selling their coffee to parchment buyers who only offered prices below the national market. Asorcafe exudes an entrepreneurial spirit as they have become leaders of their coffee growing region. Asorcafe, in conjunction with private and station organizations, provides aid to their members including subsidies from domestic economy, education, job training, and healthcare services.