Our Colombian single origin coffee comes from the mountainous regions of the Sierra Nevada De
Santa Marta in Northern Colombia. Equal Exchange works with a group of indigenous people known
as the Arhuacos, the guardians of the Sierra Nevada. With around 300 farms belonging to individual
families Anei have created their own Womens project, where the women are producing their own
speciality coffee. This allows the female farmers of Anei to control their own work and manage their
own funds within the coffee farming community, something that is still rare in the coffee world,
despite the huge amount of work that women do.
Arhuacos have a strong relationship with the natural world, believing in a balance of giving and
receiving from the earth. Completely self-sufficient, they grow a vast array of fruits and vegetables
whilst nurturing the lands around them. With a strong knowledge of how to get the best from their
crops the women farmers are continually excelling with their coffee varieties.
Alba, one of the lead farmers at Anei, is a success story. After years of hard work, learning how to
get the best from her coffee plants, she is now excelling in her quality scores at harvest time. Alba is
exceedingly knowledgeable about her coffee and she knows exactly how to get the best from her
crop. She is keen to spread her knowledge to the rest of the women in order to help Anei
consistently produce high quality coffee providing a strong future for the Arhuacos.