WHERE DOES CAFÉ COMAM COME FROM?
COMAM is short for COMunidad AMbientalista and means environmental community. Coffee and also other products from several families are sold under the COMAM brand in a small café run by the environmental organisation Serraniagua. They also aims to preserve the biodiversity of the region. This includes the pristine tropical rainforests as well as the tradition and culture of coffee cultivation in traditional forest gardens.
WHY EXACTLY WITH THESE COFFEE FARMERS?
In 2015, Natalie, the initiator of the project, travelled to Colombia for the first time and came to El Cairo, Valle del Cauca, to the environmental organisation Serraniagua through a recommendation. There, the exchange began and a personal relationship with the coffee farmers developed. She learned a lot about coffee, the taste, the cultivation, the quality, the roasting, the preparation and especially about the tradition and culture of coffee cultivation in Colombia. Natalie spends several months in Colombia, among other places in El Cairo, and works with Serraniagua. This direct cooperation enables a fair direct trade of coffee.
El Cairo is located in the highlands of Colombia, in the westernmost Andes mountain range in the middle of the Serranía de los Paraguas nature reserve.