OCCICAFE is a co-operative farming initiative comprised of 250 small-scale producers from La Plata in Huila, Colombia. The co-op has been producing coffee for almost 20 years, since its inception in 2003. Areas in the co-op have virtual educational spaces, including a dedicated program for producers and their children to have easy access to education.
Jose Ordoñez produces this coffee with his parents and siblings across 15 farms. Jose is certified in Environmental Management, allowing him to maintain sustainable practices across production, as well as waste water control. Furthermore, in an effort to reduce his & his family’s carbon footprint, all coffees are grown, processed & packed in Bruselas.
While many varieties of coffee are grown throughout different parts of the world, in Ethiopia, most coffee is known as “heirloom” variety. This is because coffee grown in Ethiopia is largely undocumented, and the word "heirloom" best describes the uncultivated nature of the coffee. This origin is considered to be the genetic birthplace of Arabica coffee.