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The Coffee Officina: Colombia, Cencoic Cooperative, Washed

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Cooperativa Indígena del Cauca (Cencoic) is a cooperative comprised of indigenous reserves in the Cauca region of Colombia.

Cencoic has seen steady growth over the last 5 years as more and more families from farming communities in their native geographical reserves are producing the right quality for export. The typical farmer in the cooperative has around 1 hectare of coffee growing land at an average altitude of around 1800 masl. Common varieties include: Caturra, Colombia, Tabi and to a lesser degree, Castillo.

Cencoic export high quality coffee with boundless character and each reserve has its own unique terroir that makes itself present in the cup. In the Valle del Cauca region and Cauca region they grow a lot of sugar and it's safe to say the coffees exhibit a similar sort of sweetness. In Colombia they make a particular type of sugar called 'panela' which is similar to treacle and the flavours of which are commonly found in these coffees. Plantain, pineapple, yuca, lemon and orange are all commonly grown throughout the region in amongst the coffee. Coffees across all the reserves are de-pulped, fermented and dried at the farm. The farmers deliver their parchment to the local collection warehouse where it is weighed and recorded before being received in to the warehouse in Popayan to be cupped and then dry milled (the process of removing husks and grading coffee) for export at a mill in Popayan before being trucked to the port of Buenaventura.

Altitude: 1600-2000 masl
Farm/Coop: Cencoic Cooperative
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter, Stove Top, Black
Origin: Colombia, Central America
Region: Toribio, Cauca
Process Method: Washed
Tasting Notes: Cherry and marzipan aroma. notes of pomegranate and cola. complex acidity with a tea like finish.
Varietals: Colombia, Caturra, Tìpica & Castillo

When do we roast your coffee?

We normally roast on a Tuesday and send out coffee Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Orders received before 12pm, will be sent out the same day. Otherwise it will be sent the day after.

Delivery Method

We send out any orders that weigh below 2kg with Royal mail. Anything above that will be sent with a courier

Delivery prices to United Kingdom


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Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.