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006B - Romulo Rengifo

Anaerobically fermented for 64 hours, Qima Colombia Lot 7 is bursting with a vibrant, sweet fruit profile.

In 2016 Qima began working with thirty Yemeni farmers in one small community, to introduce the world to some of the rarest and finest coffees that Yemen had to offer. In doing so, they aimed to restore the country as a globally renowned source of exquisite coffee.

Four years later, on August 14th 2020, their dreams would begin to be realised as they announced the discovery of a new species, classified as Yemenia. It would go on to cause ripples around the world as it took hold of the global coffee community. In collaboration with the Alliance for Coffee Excellence, an independent jury of thirty five cuppers from leading coffee companies, ranked Yemenia’s quality amongst the highest in the world. Yemen was back on the specialty coffee map. Today, Qima works with over 2,600 farmers across fifty three communities throughout Yemen. They continue to operate directly at farm-level, and pride themselves as Yemen’s only fully-integrated specialty coffee operator and now the country’s largest specialty exporter. 2021 marks the next chapter in Qima’s story as they establish their first project beyond Yemen in Colombia, one of the world’s most progressive coffee origins.

At the heart of this new project is a mission to generate sustainable livelihoods for Colombian smallholders by developing a robust and transparent pricing model, centred around equitability.

Qima Colombia

The Qima Pricing Mechanism accounts for farm size, household size, yield, variety, cup profile and agronomic performance. It allows them to always pay a price that ensures a proper living income for every household.

By sharing their processing methods (the culmination of years of experience and over 1,300 processing experiments) they add sensorial value to the coffee and enhance the cup profile, while also equipping the farmers with the knowledge and means to develop and grow the success of their coffee production.

Their innovative work centres on DNA fingerprinting to identify the exact cultivars and varieties being grown. Commonly many different coffee plants will have been propagated over the generations, leaving exact genetic identities unknown or unproven. In this case, research showed that this coffee – Lot 7 from Romulo Rengifo in Colombia’s Huila department – is an incredibly rare cross, descending from Ethiopian Landrace.

Lot 7 was Anaerobically fermented for 64 hours. The resulting cup is bursting with a vibrant, sweet fruit profile and makes a beautiful addition to our Limited Release Rare series. We are incredibly excited to follow Qima on their bold journey into Colombia.
006B - Romulo Rengifo

Anaerobically fermented for 64 hours, Qima Colombia Lot 7 is bursting with a vibrant, sweet fruit profile.

In 2016 Qima began working with thirty Yemeni farmers in one small community, to introduce the world to some of the rarest and finest coffees that Yemen had to offer. In doing so, they aimed to restore the country as a globally renowned source of exquisite coffee.

Four years later, on August 14th 2020, their dreams would begin to be realised as they announced the discovery of a new species, classified as Yemenia. It would go on to cause ripples around the world as it took hold of the global coffee community. In collaboration with the Alliance for Coffee Excellence, an independent jury of thirty five cuppers from leading coffee companies, ranked Yemenia’s quality amongst the highest in the world. Yemen was back on the specialty coffee map. Today, Qima works with over 2,600 farmers across fifty three communities throughout Yemen. They continue to operate directly at farm-level, and pride themselves as Yemen’s only fully-integrated specialty coffee operator and now the country’s largest specialty exporter. 2021 marks the next chapter in Qima’s story as they establish their first project beyond Yemen in Colombia, one of the world’s most progressive coffee origins.

At the heart of this new project is a mission to generate sustainable livelihoods for Colombian smallholders by developing a robust and transparent pricing model, centred around equitability.

Qima Colombia

The Qima Pricing Mechanism accounts for farm size, household size, yield, variety, cup profile and agronomic performance. It allows them to always pay a price that ensures a proper living income for every household.

By sharing their processing methods (the culmination of years of experience and over 1,300 processing experiments) they add sensorial value to the coffee and enhance the cup profile, while also equipping the farmers with the knowledge and means to develop and grow the success of their coffee production.

Their innovative work centres on DNA fingerprinting to identify the exact cultivars and varieties being grown. Commonly many different coffee plants will have been propagated over the generations, leaving exact genetic identities unknown or unproven. In this case, research showed that this coffee – Lot 7 from Romulo Rengifo in Colombia’s Huila department – is an incredibly rare cross, descending from Ethiopian Landrace.

Lot 7 was Anaerobically fermented for 64 hours. The resulting cup is bursting with a vibrant, sweet fruit profile and makes a beautiful addition to our Limited Release Rare series. We are incredibly excited to follow Qima on their bold journey into Colombia.

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