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16 | El Plan

Producer
Patricia Benitez
Description
Sweet, caramel, cherry, chocolate
Process
Washed, sun-dried
Varietals
Colombia, castillo
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,750 meters
Position
Afloat ETA September, 2022
Warehouse
Continental Terminals, New Jersey
Coffee has always been a way of life for Patricia. She and her siblings grew up on her father’s farm, helping with the day to day activities. After he passed away, Patricia inherited a portion of his farm where she started El Plan twelve years ago.

Coming full circle, she now provides for her family with coffee production. However, current coffee prices make production at a profit difficult. Patricia sees an opportunity in our business model to make coffee production sustainable. With deep roots in the industry, she wants to see farmers succeed.

135 | El Maco

Producer
Zoila Rojas
Description
Silky, stone fruit, Sugar cane, milk chocolate
Process
White Honey
Varietals
Colombia
Region
Nariño
Elevation
2,000 meters
Position
Spot
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Born and raised in the Santa Marta region of Nariño, Colombia, Zoila still lives in the same community at the age of 67. Alongside her husband, she began growing coffee at El Maco forty-two years ago and the two of them raised their two children there. After he passed away in 2019, Zoila moved to the city of Bogotá with her daughter. After a few months, she decided to go back to the farm and continue growing coffee. Today, El Maco is planted with approximately 7,000 trees of the Colombia Varietal.

We started to work with Zoila in 2022. After cupping her coffee we loved the profile and saw immediate potential to develop a long term relationship. Zoila is very excited about working with the same partners year over year and show the improvements that she can make.

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06 | El Placer

Producer
Ruberto Martinez
Description
Caramel, milk chocolate, stone fruit
Process
Washed, sun-dried
Varietals
Colombia, castillo
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,800 meters
Position
Afloat
ETA September, 2022
Warehouse
Continental Terminals, New Jersey
As one of ten children, Tino was raised growing coffee alongside his siblings. He considers coffee farming a way of life, not just a job. It comes as no surprise that he is now continuing the tradition with his wife and three kids.

He believes that relationships are the key to making the coffee industry sustainable and is committed to investing the time and effort needed so the generations to come will prosper while continuing the tradition.

78 | El Naranjo White Honey

Producer
Evelio Bados
Description
Dark chocolate, grape, molasses, juicy
Process
White honey, sun-dried
Varietals
Colombia, Castillo
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,900 meters
Position
Afloat – ETA September, 2022
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
El Naranjo began over 35 years ago as just a vision. Evelio invested in an untouched lot and worked very hard to clear the land and eventually plant coffee. He was working double duty during this time as he was also employed at other farms in order to provide for his family.

After watching his dream come to fruition, Evelio hopes that his children will continue his legacy and produce coffee at El Naranjo in the future. For this reason, he continues to look for opportunities that will allow for sustainability and improved quality of life. It is important to him that his children and El Naranjo are successful for generations to come.

13 | Las Gradas

Producer
William Martinez
Description
Maple syrup, stone fruit, dark chocolate, lingering
Process
Washed
Varietals
Castillo, Colombia
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,750 meters
Position
Afloat – ETA September, 2022
Warehouse
Continental New jersey
Growing up in the countryside, William worked at several coffee plantations. With the support of his father, he started planting his own coffee 15 years ago. Now he calls Las Gradas home along with his wife and two daughters. William has plenty of ambition and there are many upgrades he would like to make to his farm, starting with the addition of a wet mill. He currently uses one at a neighboring farm. The ability to earn a better price for his coffee has him hopeful that he can not only provide for his family but improve his farm as well.
 

01 | La Capilla

Producer
Alipio Muñoz
Description
Apple, maple syrup, butter, lingering
Process
Washed
Varietals
Caturra
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,750 meters
Position
Afloat – ETA September, 2022
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Alipio has deep roots in coffee. His parents were coffee farmers and he grew up learning the lifestyle from them. He still believes there is tremendous opportunity in the industry for farmers who are willing to learn and adapt to what the market is demanding. Alipio embraces traditional techniques, but welcomes any input and guidance that will help produce coffee of an even higher quality. He’s looking for the right connections to develop strong relationships with customers.

02 | El Porvenir

Producer
Lucido Diaz
Description
Sweet, butter, nougat, floral
Process
Washed
Varietals
Pink bourbon
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,750 meters
Position
Under contract – ETA August, 2022
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Lucido grew up in Putumayo and has always worked as a farmer. Once he settled in La Union, Nariño, he started growing coffee. He considers this a lifetime commitment and prides himself in his work. He is a believer in transparency, and hopes that establishing a direct relationship with customers will simplify the supply chain and result in better prices for the farmers.

121 | Santa Marta Community Lot

Producer
Various
Description
Caramel, chocolate, honey, stone fruit, cherry
Process
Washed
Varietals
Castillo, F4
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
1,800 to 2,000 meters
Position
Under contract
Afloat ETA September, 2022
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. After cupping these coffees for the first time this year, we saw the opportunity to work with the community. The coffees showed great complexity and sweetness as well as consistency from farm to farm. We believe that having these small farms so close together in the same region plays a big role in the consistency and uniformity of the coffees.

Santa Marta Community lot is comprised by 25 small farms located between 1,800 and 2,000 meters above sea level

105 | El Chocho

Producer
Andres Gomez
Description
TBA
Process
Washed
Varietals
Castillo, Colombia
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,950 meters
Position
At origin – ETA October, 2022
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Andres inherited El Chocho from his father when he was 26 years old and has plans for expansion. With 4,000 trees of the Castillo and Colombia varietals already, Andres is planning on planting 4,000 more trees of Colombia varietal. 

As he continues to develop the farm, Andres would like improve his drying facilities and we hope to help him accomplish this goal (and many more) through the relationship we are building.

104 | Los Meneses

Producer
Ramon Castillo
Description
TBA
Process
Washed
Varietals
Caturra, F4
Region
Nariño
Elevation
2,200 meters
Position
At origin – ETA October, 2022
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
At 2,200 meters above sea level, Los Meneses is in the clouds. This elevation has allowed Ramon to produce healthy Caturra trees as the cooler climate helps protect the plants from common diseases. However, in his 40 years at the farm, he remembers a time when it was too cold to grow coffee. The family focused on producing potatoes, cilantro, celery, and yuca. As time progressed, and temperatures started to warm up, they were able to start cultivating coffee as well. In addition to the Caturra trees, Ramon also produces the F4 varietal.
For Ramon, the biggest step towards further improving the quality of his coffee is upgrading his drying facility.