Located in Aipecito, just outside of Neiva, Huila, the Asociación Agropecuario de Aipecito produces incredible organic coffee you don’t want to miss! This association of 50 members was formed in 2014 with the idea of producing organic coffee. Being in a group of farmers is a considerable advantage when it comes to deal with such certifications.
From 2014, until the end of 2015, they transitioned from conventional, non-organic to organic and finally received their certification in 2016. Of the current 50 members, 46 are already certified and the remaining members are currently in transition.
Aipecito coffee is so special exactly because it is one of the few certified organic lots in our assortment. As you can see in the pictures below, the Asociación Agropecuario de Aipecito regularly attends training sessions with local cuppers, such as Alberto from our Santa Maria station. The Coffee Quest is happy for this since it is an excellent way to share knowledge within the group!
The farms sit at different altitudes, whose range goes from 1,700 to 1,950 meters. The varieties the producers primarily grow are Colombia, Caturra, and Castillo. This is our second year working with the Asociación Agropecuario de Aipecito and we are extremely excited about future harvests!
The Coffee Quest frequently works with organically produced coffee, but we are especially proud that this group manages the Organic certificaiton. Life as a small coffee farmer is a continuous challenge, especially if you dare to produce organic coffee and top lots. For this reason, small farmers need to be organized in a group to carry the cost of the certification process. That is exactly why Aipecito coffee achieved positive results.
The purpose of moving to organic coffee was to offer a healthier product to consumers, but also to think about their quality of life and the environment. Knowing that it is possible to produce a high-quality product without contaminating the environment is a great incentive. In addition, this will helps to restore fauna and flora to the coffee lands.