The region of Antioquia has over 130,000 hectares planted in coffee, producing more than 1.8 million 70kg bags per year, which accounts for nearly 15% of Colombia’s total coffee production. 90,000 families, from 94 municipalities, have coffee as their main source of income. Most of them are small producers, with 3-5 hectares per family, normally combined with other crops such as beans, corn, banana and all kinds of vegetables used mostly for the consumption of the same families or if the production is important, they might sell it inthe local market. Most of these families have been growing coffee for 3 or 4 generations.
The Antioquia Best Cup Contest. Previous competitions have seen a significant increase in the number of coffees submitted as well as quality and auction prices. In 2013, 504 producers submitted lots; in 2014 that number was 803 with samples from every municipality in Antioquia. The winning lot garnered $15.50 USD per pound in 2013; in 2014 this more than doubled to $31.50 USD per pound. Coffee cuppers, composed of representatives of the 4 Coffee Cooperatives of Antioquia, the government and the FNC, selected the lots that will enter the contest called ‘Antioquia’s Best Cup’. For 2016, 703 lots were submitted to the contest, which were whittled down eventually through cupping at the cooperative level to 296 lots. Only 60 lots emerged as the top lots to be selected at auction, with the top lots earning up to $15.60 USD per lb