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15 | El Mango – Chiroso

Producer
Gilberto Giraldo
Description
Floral, honey, tea, stone fruit
Process
Washed
Varietals
Chiroso
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
1,800 meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Like other farms in the area, Gilberto and El Mango have experienced a couple of challenging years. Dramatic climate changes in the last few years have diminished the production yield considerably. On top of that, the resurgence of activity among armed illegal groups in the region led to multiple displacements from the farm, including once during the harvest last year.

While these obstacles proved difficult to overcome, Gilberto took them in stride and is still planning for the upcoming years. He has new varietals like Chirosos and Pink Bourbon, that are mature now and is excited to experiment with different processing methods. His unwavering commitment to El Mango is evident and we are equally committed to riding out the ups and downs with him.

201 | El Cachonal – Chiroso

Producer
Sebastian Urrego
Description
Floral, honey, green tea
Process
Washed
Varietals
Chiroso
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,100meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey

Sebastian comes from a family of coffee growers. His father taught him the skills needed to take over the farm once he retired.

Sebastian believes that a combination between traditional methods of growing coffee combined with innovative processing provides a great approach to make coffee growing profitable. He currently has 6,000 trees of the Chiroso varietal at El Chaconal. With his own wet mill and drying beds, Sebastian pays close attention to processing. Currently he lets the coffee ferment in the cherry for 12 hours before depulping it and continuing fermentation for another 24 hours. The drying process takes a minimum of 6 to 12 days depending on the weather conditions.
Always looking for room to improve, Sebastian has the goal of improving his wet mill and his drying facilities. He knows how important these is are for maintaining the quality and consistency of his coffees.


162 | La Soledad – Chiroso

Producer
Elpidio Arboleda
Description
Floral, green tea, stone fruit, honey
Process
Washed
Varietals
Chiroso
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,100meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey

Born into a coffee family, Elpidio grew up learning the subtleties of producing coffee from his father. Fifty years later, he is still working with coffee. He manages La Soledad with the help of his daughter, Erika, and son in law, Frainer Rueda.
La Soledad, is planted with 20,000 trees of the Chiroso varietal. Planning for long-term production, Elpidio methodically planted sections of trees at different times. This allows him to have more trees planted as they are not all in production at the same time. He can also prune older trees down to regenerate without a significant yield loss.
Elpidio is meticulous about his processing, using a 24 hour cherry fermentation prior to depulping the coffee. He then gives it another 48 hours of fermentation before the drying stage, which usually takes between 3 days and a week, depending on weather conditions.He has participated in coffee competitions for the past 5 years, topping the Antioquia coffee competition in 2019.



17 | La Esmeralda

Producer
Arquímedes España
Description
Honey, cherry, milk chocolate, caramel
Process
Washed, sun-dried
Varietals
Colombia, castillo
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,800 meters
Position
Spot
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
At just two and a half hectares, La Esmeralda is a small farm. Nevertheless, it is home to Arquímedes, his wife, Tatiana, and their young daughter. They are proud of the effort invested to transform this property into both their business and home.

Arquímedes is aware that every detail matters when producing coffee and is continuously planning upgrades for La Esmeralda, starting with the addition of more drying beds. His goals are to increase efficiency and further improve quality. He participated in the Cup of Excellence competition in the past and hopes to return again.

23 | Los Gilgueros

Producer
Isolina Quintero
Description
Sweet, lingering, caramel, butter, stone fruit
Process
Washed, sun-dried
Varietals
Castillo
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,800 meters
Position
Spot
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Isolina and her husband Ruben have a large family. Their 10 children grew up learning about coffee production and the farm has always provided for the family. As they grow older, they have given each of their children a small piece of land to continue in the family business. They are hopeful that coffee will continue to provide for their family for generations to come.

57 | Santa Ana

Producer
Brayan Meneses
Description
Sweet, maple syrup, grape, floral
Process
Washed, sun-dried
Varietals
Colombia, Castillo
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,960 meters
Position
Spot
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
At 32 years of age, Brayan is part of the new generation of coffee growers. He is one of the youngest farmers we work with, but that does not mean he is lacking in knowledge. He learned everything he knows about coffee from his grandfather and has fond memories of going to help in the coffee fields after school.

In addition to his hands-on coffee education, Brayan also completed school as a computer technician and wants to pursue a degree in agronomy. With this higher grade of education, he is able to look at the industry from a different perspective. He saw the need to shift from more traditional coffee harvesting to specialty coffee production about 4 years ago and is using his knowledge to improve quality on every level. Since then, he has participated in several competitions in the region over the last couple of years and has placed in the top 10 every time.

156 | Santa Rosa

Producer
Jose Villada
Description
Vibrant, sweet, bakers chocolate, grape fruit
Process
Washed
Varietals
Castillo, Colombia
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1850 meters
Position
Spot
Warehouse
Continental Terminals
Jose and his wife, Claudia, are both proud and grateful for their beautiful farm, Santa Rosa. Located in the Santa Marta region and offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, the farm sits 1,800 meters above sea level.

After inheriting the land from his father, Jose and Claudia started from scratch, building a small house and planting 7,000 trees of the Colombia and Castillo varietals. Over the years, as their family grew, so did Santa Rosa. They built a bigger house and, eventually, a small wet mill.

With great attention to detail from management to processing, the Villada family is a great example of what can be accomplished with limited resources. They were able to provide for their children as they grew up while simultaneously working to improve the farm. This is our first year working with them and we are super excited with the quality and consistency of their coffee.

121 | Santa Marta Community Lot

Producer
Various
Description
Caramel, chocolate, honey, stone fruit, cherry
Process
Washed
Varietals
Castillo, F4
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,900 to 2,100 meters
Position
Spot
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey

Santa Marta is a small coffee farming community located in the Nariño department in the south of Colombia. The average output of every farm per year is about 10 bags of green coffee. Our Community lot is comprised of lots from 10 small farms located between 1,900 and 2,100 meters above sea level.

After cupping these coffees for the first time last year, we saw an opportunity to work with the community. The coffees showed great complexity and sweetness as well as consistency from farm to farm. We believe that the proximity of these small farms plays a big role in their consistency and uniformity.

64 | La Cartagena

Producer
Jorge Cartagena
Description
Dark chocolate, maple syrup, spices, berries
Process
Washed, sun-dried
Varietals
Caturra, Colombia
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
1,950 meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Like many of the farmers we work with, Jorge learned the art of producing coffee from his father. However, after inheriting his father’s small coffee farm, he chose to sell it. With the money from that sale he was able to purchase La Cartagena, a farm that has allowed him to pursue the production of specialty coffee. He now has 4,500 coffee trees planted – a combination of Caturra and Colombia varietals. As he continually works to enhance the quality of his coffee, Jorge already has plans to improve both his water supply and his wet beneficio. Proud of his profession, Jorge is also teaching his children how to grow coffee. He hopes the family tradition will continue for many generations to come.

60 | El Balso

Producer
Walter Vargas
Description
Sweet, honey, floral, bakers chocolate
Process
Washed
Varietals
Castillo, Caturra
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,100 meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Located in Betulia, El Balso originally belonged to Walter’s grandparents. Passed down through generations, it is now home to Walter, his wife, Gloria, their son, and Walter’s mother. As a true family business, everyone helps out with the daily activities and maintenance. 

Of the 5,000 coffee trees planted, 2,000 are currently pruned and not producing coffee for this harvest. The other 3,000 consist  of Castillo Rosario and Tabi varietals which will account for roughly 8 bags of beans. With this smaller scale production, Walter believes he is better able to focus on both carefully selecting cherries and processing them. 

Budgeting for maintenance and upgrades is tough with narrow profit margins, but Walter recently replaced the plastic on one of his two marquesinas (drying bed). He would like to install pipes to transport the picked cherries from the field to the wet mill as well. We are hopeful that our financing opportunities and profit sharing business model will support his endeavors.