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ANEI Women’s Coffee

In the rich northern reaches of Colombia, there are the regions of Serranía del Perijá and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, home to a collection of indigenous communities producing excellent coffee. It is here that the towns of Agustin Codazzi, Pueblo Bello, and Valledupar stand, filled with hard-working women, growing coffee in the high altitudes of this rugged terrain.

These women belong to ANEI, an organization dedicated to collecting coffee from these amazing women and exporting it to countries throughout the world. This lot is a conglomeration of 700 female producers from the four indigenous communities of Arhuacos, Koguis, Kankuamos and Wiwas. The organization was founded in 1995 by Aurora María Izquierd, an Arhuaca indigenous woman from the Yewrwa community of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. ANEI means ‘delicious’ in her native IKU language. She had a dream to unite these women, to improve their income, while also maintaining environmentally friendly agricultural practices to preserve the beautiful ecosystems within these communities.

  • Farm ANEI Women's Coffee
  • Varietal Bourbon, Castillo, Caturra, Colombia, Typica
  • Process Fully washed
  • Altitude 1,400 to 2,000 metres above sea level
  • Town / City Agustin Codazzi / Pueblo Bello / Valledupar
  • Region Serranía del Perijá / Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  • Owner 700 smallholder producers
  • Tasting Notes Caramel, Cherry, Apricot
  • Farm Size Less than 5 hectares on average
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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.

About Colombia

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.