Located in the north west of the department of Caldas, the town of Salamina sits at 1775 masl and is known as "The City of Light" because it saw the emergence of many poets, painters and musicians who became famous around the world in the 19th century.
This region until recently was previously heavily inhabited by the FARC, ELN, Paramilitary groups and guerrillas, who looked to control this central corridor in Colombia. This region has not been known for specialty production but as the tensions ease and access has improved, it is now possible to demonstrate the quality of the coffees available.
Cooperativa de Caficultores de Norte de Caldas was founded in 1963 and now has over 2000 members located in 5 distinct coffee growing areas. The Cooperative is there to provide support to the producers, helping them economically and socially with education and access to finance.
During the harvest farming families will select ripe cherry before process in micro-beneficios - de-pulping and fermenting the coffee in water for between 16 and 24 hours. The coffee is then washed and put out to dry on small drying patios on the roofs of houses, where they will dry it for between 8 and 14 days, depending on the weather. They then deliver it to the Cooperative where it is assessed and categorised before being allowed to rest, and then milled for shipment.