ROAST: Medium ALTITUDE:1210 Meters
Flavor Notes: Sweet, caramel, grape, florals.
Process: Washed, dried on raised beds
Veriety: Caturra, Colombiana
ANEI: A Female Founder Story
Founded in 1995 by Aurora Izquierdo, ANEI has been a community staple in its small town in Colombia for years. Izquierdo was the first indigenous woman of the Arhuaco tribe of the Yewrwa community to obtain a university degree. Upon her return, she set out to organize the economies of the indigenous and campesino groups in her region. To accomplish this, she turned to coffee. She founded ANEI, known formally as the Association of Indigenous and Campesino Agroecological Producers of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Serranía del Perijá ANEI.
Izquierdo introduced environmentally-friendly farming initiatives that allowed her to sustainably develop the local economy. By creating economic opportunities with coffee, she was able to both improve the social rights of her marginalized peers and protect her culture. Her work created the processes that allow her community to play a more active role in their own social, economic, and cultural rights.