While some of the world’s coffee farmers farm large estates equipped with robust wet-milling, dry-milling and - in some cases - export operations, the majority (on the order of 70%, actually) of the world’s coffee farmers can be characterized as “smallholder farmers”. Smallholder farmers tend to their “smallholdings” which typically contain a mixture of cash and subsistence crops and rarely exceed 1 - 5 hectares.
Often dependent on a local mill, receiving station or, in worst cases “coyote” to further mill and market their produce; smallholder farmers have historically been some of the most vulnerable members of the supply chain.
Colombian smallholder farmers, unlike those in other regions of the world, oversee their coffee until it’s fully dried and referred to as “parchment” (or “pergamino”) wherein just one shell-like layer of parchment must be removed (during dry-milling) before exporting.
Coffee growers associations, like Asorcafe (Asociación de Caficultores del Oriente Caucano) in the municipality of Inzá in Colombia’s Cauca department, exist to gather and provide support to smallholder farmers. Since it’s 2004 inception, Asorcafe has grown their warehousing capability to support the 400-and-counting member producers from whom they purchase parchment.
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