We are building a community wet mill at our farm El Fénix, in Calarcá, Colombia. This project will provide market access to the region, so farmers in the neighbourhood can have stable and vastly improved income through specialty coffee. Read more below to see in full detail what we wish to acheive.
The Helena project began in November 2012, with the aim of transforming a commodity coffee farm into a super specialty haven with rare and heirloom varieties under a native forest canopy, rich biodiversity, the most amazing flavours straight to our customers in NZ, and hopefully earning some particular awards we'd like along the way.
Matt Graylee from Raw Material (and a co-founder of Flight Coffee) recently spoke at World Coffee Events' Re:Verb Japan, in Tokyo. He talks about RM's philosophy, their farm projects at El Fenix, and there's also some bananas involved.
There’s a great number of exciting things happening with coffee in Colombia at the moment; the emergence of the speciality coffee market and its potential to do well for producers and farmers has seen some exciting developments made in the areas of coffee processing.