No 3

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a Land where Specialty Coffee Grows

February, 2012

This Month

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a Land where Specialty Coffee Grows

One of the biggest and ecologically richest natural parks in Colombia is a coffee producing land. Coffee growers in this region are renowned for the high quality coffee that they produce among responsible environmental practices. A key element for present and future generations, since the Sierra Nevada natural park supplies 5 departments of the country with water.

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a magical pyramid that rises only 30 minutes away from the Caribbean Sea, inhabited by indigenous communities and settlers from Tolima, Norte de Santander and Santander is a coffee crop land. From the Sierra the sea is visible in the horizon, and behind it, a snowy peak over 5,000 meters high can be seen. The Departments of Cesar, Guajira and Magdalena, located in the northernmost part of Colombia, share this majestic mountain range. For years, environment preservation and coffee production have coexisted in these areas.

The Sierra coffee crops are found at mainly between 900 and 1,600 m.a.s.l., as an optimum area (despite the existence of marginal areas above and below this range). Lands in this strip have inclinations of over 50 degrees, and in some places they reach even 80 degrees. The growing takes place under tree shades, mainly pacays, carboneros, walnuts, avocado, fruit trees and native species. The coffee region has 51,463 coffee hectares of varieties like Typica, Caturra, Colombia and Castillo, distributed among 13,175 producers, which equals an average of 3.9 hectares per coffee-growing family.

The Sierra coffee-growing families have had an eco-friendly production scheme with an additional advantage: because they are organized in an Association, they know and have carried out their community work perfectly well for years. They have a high sense of commitment for the protection of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, since it is considered a natural sponge, from where important rivers spring that supply with water resources to more than 5 departments of Colombia´s Atlantic Coast.

Farms producing this type of coffee observe soil preservation practices, making room for ecological diversity while increasing their local ecosystem’s sustainability. Their philosophy of life, that of eco-friendly production and associated work, has allowed them to tread into different sustainable production schemes that imply certification processes such as Organic and Fair Trade.


You are invited to learn more about our coffee family and our products, visiting the COLOMBIAN COFFEE INSIGHTS sections on the top of this page.