Our Suppliers – Tatama coffee  

The choice of suppliers is something that we at Scoop and Scales feel is very important. We want our suppliers to mirror our ethos and share our principles. We also want to share with you what makes them all so special. 

In April 2020 we added Tatama coffee to our list of suppliers. Henry Gomez, who lives locally has brought quality Colombian coffee to Cheshire.  

 

Henry told us more about Tatama:  

This project started with my desire to support the coffee producing community from my birth town Santuario, Risaralda in Colombia. 

I am a third generation coffee producer, and I feel proud of still having the small farm where my 3 brothers and I were born. We are still producing coffee and endeavouring to improve processes and quality. Producing speciality coffee helps to make the farm sustainable, as cultivating coffee for the commercial market farmers only just covers the cost of production. 

I bring quality coffee from my region to your cup, aiming to benefit the farmers by buying directly and paying a premium for their carefully produced, picked and processed coffee.  Guaranteeing a more than Fair Trade price makes coffee production sustainable and profitable. 

I also commit to support them after selling their microlote by developing better environment friendly processing mills in their farms, this will enable them to produce even better coffee and add value to their product.  

At the moment we are bringing small microlotes and marketing them as small roasted coffee bags  this give as the opportunity to showcase the coffee and also to make a name for the single farmer as people get to know their product and traceability from farm to cup. 

This coffee is carefully roasted by Ancoats Coffee Roasters in Manchester. They have been giving me a lot of support and with their great experience as a speciality coffee roaster they help me to develop the roasting profile in order to get the best out of it. 

As I look at the future I will continue, despite the difficulties, to make a name for these farmers and also my family farm in the speciality coffee scene. I aim to get these farmers and small roasters in the UK connected and hopefully a commitment from both parties where quality, price, trust and traceability will make a fairer way of purchasing green coffee. 

Single Origin Coffee. 

This coffee is classified as coffee grown with a single known geographic origin. We are so proud to have a great relationship with our farmers (most of them my childhood friends), and because of that we can go a step further and are able to trace the coffee lot to the farm, exact altitude, varietal, and the exact area in the farm. 

Eco-friendly. 

In our effort to make our coffee production more  sustainable we promote and help our farmers to look after the environment by using  organic fertilizers, chemical free pest control and avoid the use of herbicides in the day to day running of their farms. 

We also work with them in water management in the coffee process by minimising the amount of water used and more importantly the purification of it before it goes back to water streams. 

Helping the farmer. 

As we have a one to one relationship and by buying directly from them we are able to pay a premium price (sometimes higher that Fair Trade) avoiding intermediaries and high fees to use a label, and most importantly making coffee production sustainable. 

By paying higher prices we also benefit the seasonal coffee pickers (as the coffee is paid per kilo picked) to produce speciality coffee there must be a good selection of the berries and therefore our farmers will pay a better price per kilo picked. 

Meet the grower 

Alfredo Castaño. 

 

Farm: El Recinto. 

Alfredo manages his coffee farm alongside his parents and his brother. 

 

Alfredo’s parents have always worked in coffee farming, initially managing others people’s farms until they saved enough money to buy a small lot of land and with time adding more until they finally own a 6.5 hectares farm at the limits of the natural reserve TATAMA. 

Their farm is at an altitude of 1700 to 1900 metres above sea level. This farm has 2.5 hectares cultivated with coffee varietal Castillo Rosario, Supremo and Geisha with an average of 10.700 coffee trees. The remaining land is part of the Tatama protected natural reserve. 

Alfredo is a member of Asocafe Tatama a Santuario Risaralda coffee co-op, he has been training and learning with them coffee processing techniques to improve coffee qualities. 

I am very happy to have our first microlote from this young and enthusiastic coffee producer, and I really want to carry on supporting him and his family in the years to come.