Asociación de Productores Egológicos de Planadas (ASOPEP) is a thriving organization of 168 coffee farming families, based in the idyllic town of Planadas. The department of Tolima is one of Colombia’s most productive coffee growing areas, but only relatively recently has coffee from Planadas caught the attention of specialty coffee buyers.
ASOPEP was founded in January 2013 with the following mission: “To be known as an association that creates opportunities for the personal growth of its members, protects the environment, innovates in commercial business processes and is always in the vanguard of specialty coffee producers worldwide,” and the success of that mission shows. The 168 member families include 30 families where women are heads of the household and manage the farming operations. Educational capacity building workshops are at the core of ASOPEP’s program to ensure long term sustainability of their success. While many coffee growing countries struggle with keeping young generations interested in coffee production, an impressive 30% of ASOPEP’s farmer members are between 20-30 years old.
Along with a strong focus on education, ASOPEP facilitates internal cupping and barista exhibitions and competitions to build enthusiasm for specialty coffee. They’ve even produced consumer-oriented specialty coffee events to grown the community’s interest in buying and drinking specialty coffee. ASOPEP also recently obtained their Organic certification as well, making them one of only a small number of producers of certified Fairtrade and Organic coffee in Colombia.
We here at Mela Coffee Co are excited to offer this Fair Trade, Organic coffee from Tolima Planadas, and trust you will love the clean, sweet, complex coffee from the ASOPEP Cooperative, boasting notes of sweet vanilla, caramel, black licorice, and cherry, with a very full, satiny body, and a bright, crisp acidity.
NOTE: Our coffee is shipped out within 2 days of roast date (usually within 24 hours), and shipping days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.