ANEI Women’s Coffee
She succeeded, and began to bring together these communities, teaching the women how to grow coffee more efficiently and without agricultural inputs. In 2016, ANEI successfully exported coffee to Canada, and have since sold coffee to nine other countries. Their exporting partners, SE Origin, work directly with the producers of ANEI to connect them to markets worldwide, providing producers with a more livable and profitable income.
There are three collection centers for the ANEI producers located throughout the region, making it easy for all communities to access the facilities. The organization currently represents producers from 61 villages in 5 municipalities. They have an overarching goal to work with the earth whilst ensuring these indigenous communities are recognized for their exceptional coffee. Additionally, ANEI seeks to empower women, and provide future generations with a fruitful source of income in a healthy environment.
Colombia is the third largest coffee-producing country in the world, and thanks to its vast array of unique microclimate, are able to have harvests throughout the year.
Commercial coffee cultivation began in the mid-1830s and spread so rapidly that throughout the twentieth century coffee already became the country’s leading export. A mountainous topography and many tropical micro-climates contribute greatly to Colombia’s reputation for ideal growing conditions, which – in turn – have helped Colombia establish itself as a recognisable origin around the world.
The diversity of coffee and profiles found across Colombia is enormous and coffee is harvested practically year-round depending on the region. The main harvest takes place from October to February with November and December being the peak months. There is also a second fly (or ‘mitaca’) crop several months later, again varying by region and microclimate.