ASOANEI, Cesar, Colombia
ASOANEI is a cooperative of approximately 600 family farmers living in the Cesar department of Northern Colombia, within the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains. The membership is indigenous Arhuaco, a group totalling approximately 30,000 descendents of Tairona migrants who fled into the mountains following widespread conflict with the Spanish in the early 17th century.
The Arhuaco belief system views the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains as the heart of the world, with a firm belief that the well-being of their land directly relates to the well-being of the rest of the world. This has informed their agricultural practices, with a strong focus on sustainability and the preservation of existing ecosystems. They grow mainly Typica coffee at 1200 to 1800 meters on small, family farms alongside traditional food crops such as maize and yucca. The coffee is washed and sun dried, generally offering an approachably nutty or cereal-like character with berry-like flavours in the better yields.