The Sierra Nevada is a majestic mountain range in the northern part of Colombia, bordering the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean coast and reaching 18,700 feet in height. Cacao de Colombia recently installed a state-of-the-art fermentation and drying center in the lower-lying community of Macondo, where they mainly source cocoa from about 10 farming families in the department of Magdalena.
The technical expertise of these farmers is excellent: farmers even do their own pollination experiments to improve quality and yields, which are currently around 700 kg / hectare in the region. Cacao de Colombia has been providing technical support and a stable market to farmers in the Sierra Nevada for the past 6 years, and the results are evident in both the quality of the cocoa and the impact on farmers. Farmers report a 72% higher annual income than before this new market existed.