The highlands surrounding the town of Zumba are a patchwork of small coffee farms growing the great-tasting varieties Caturra, Typica and Bourbon. Here, members of the ACRIM cooperative work together to raise the bar for quality. In this area, locals take pride in calling themselves Charapanos, a regional nickname inspired by a local species of ant they describe as hardworking and steadfast. This effort is evident in the quality of the coffee which has brown sugar, orange and graham cracker notes, typical of great coffees from southern Ecuador.
Counter Culture only roasts the coffea arabica, but, under the species of arabica, we buy dozens of different coffee varieties from around the world. Learn more about varieties here.
Processing is the method to turn the fruit from a coffee tree into dried green coffee ready for roasting.
This refers to the elevation at which this coffee was grown.
Through mid-June 2021
This refers to the amount of time this coffee will be available for purchase at Counter Culture. Availability is determined by supply and also when the coffee tastes the freshest.
The ACRIM Cooperative, located in the southern Ecuador province of Zamora-Chinchipe is made up of 145 members whose farms average just 1-2 hectares in size. The Cooperative has been instrumental in pushing the potential of specialty coffee in the area, including starting the Brocomoros coffee festival, an annual cupping competition that celebrates and rewards quality coffee. Counter Culture has purchased coffee from the ACRIM cooperative in some capacity since 2015. We were first introduced to these coffees through our exporting partner, Caravela, who has been providing quality control and agronomy support to members of ACRIM. Previously, this quality control was done remotely: producers from ACRIM would send their coffees a 6 hour drive north to Caravela’s purchasing station in Cariamanga, Loja. For the past few years we’ve purchased coffee through this purchasing station and sold it under the name Cariamanga. In recent years, Caravela and ACRIM have worked together to build cupping and quality control capacity closer to the cooperative in Zumba. With this deeper connection in place, we are excited to build a brand for ACRIM’s coffee and develop a more direct partnership with the cooperative.
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