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33 | El Mango

Producer
Gilberto Giraldo
Description
Balanced, sugar cane, dry fruit, chocolate
Process
Washed
Varietals
Colombia, Castillo
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.

11 | Campo Alegre

Producer
Martin Tapias
Description
Sweet, cocoa powder, sugar cane
Process
Washed
Varietals
Castillo, Colombia
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
1,800 meters
Position
Spot
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Martin lives at Campo Alegre with his wife Gladys and their children. Martin has 16,000 coffee trees planted in the 8 hectares that conform Campo Alegre. Martin takes great pride in the management of the farm. He is always making an effort to improve his coffee farm business. Upon visiting, it is evident that he has invested in a superior wet mill and quality marquesinas (drying beds), for wash processing and drying. Certain that his attention to every detail translates to a great cup of coffee.
 

31 | El Arrayan

Producer
Jhon Valencia
Description
Citric, honey, caramel, cocoa powder
Process
Washed
Varietals
Castillo, Caturra
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,100 meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
One of Finca El Arrayan’s greatest assets is it’s location – high altitude, volcanic soil, ideal microclimate. Unfortunately, the farm’s greatest weakness is also it’s location – previously a FARC stronghold, Ituango is now caught in the post-conflict crosshairs. While the peace treaty brought an agreement between the government and FARC, it has opened the door for new armed groups to move in, each vying for a slice of the illicit enterprise left behind. People now live with a bag packed, ready to leave on short notice, and there have already been a few displacements in the last two years.

Jhon is no stranger to the turbulence of the area. Like many others, his family fell victim to the decades of violence with two of his brothers being kidnapped, one of them being killed. He persisted then and continues to now. Watching the strength and tenacity of Jhon and other farmers in this region has us more committed than ever, regardless of the challenges.

30 | El Edén

Producer
Francisco Giraldo
Description
Chocolate, maple syrup, sugar cane, grapes
Process
Washed
Varietals
Castillo, Caturra
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
1,850 meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Our strong relationship with Francisco has helped us work through some particularly challenging times over the past two years. A resurgence of activity among illegal paramilitary groups in the area had a direct impact on the farmers and their families. With multiple displacements during the harvest, Francisco and his wife, Amparo, were forced to leave cherries in the fields, pack their belongings, and move the family to the nearest town in search of safety.

Francisco continues to look towards the future and it does not surprise us that he remains so dedicated in the face of adversity. He has lived through many years of armed conflict and fell victim to a landmine himself in 2009. Lucky to escape with his life, he lost one eye as well as his sense of taste and smell. However, his dedication to his coffee never faltered. He grew up working with coffee alongside his father at El Edén and chose to continue the legacy after his father passed away.

84 | La Soledad – Chiroso

Producer
Ivan Montoya
Description
Floral, lemongrass, maple syrup, honey
Process
Washed
Varietals
Chiroso
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,050 meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
A native of Urrao, Antioquia, Ivan began his coffee endeavors after inheriting a piece of land from his grandparents called La Soledad. Over the last 14 years, Ivan has developed about 3,000 Chiroso trees and credits the elevation of the farm, over 2,000 meters above sea level, as the secret ingredient to the high quality coffee he produces. In addition, the fertile soil allows for diversification as he also produces avocados and naranjilla.

Ivan is certainly proud of the coffee he produces, but he is even more humbled that it allows him to provide for his aging grandparents. 

82 | La Cienaga

Producer
Elena Vasquez
Description
Citrus, lime, honey, velvety
Process
Washed, Sun-dried
Varietals
Caturra, Colombia
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,200 meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Ituango, Antioquia has some of the most beautiful scenery in Colombia. Unfortunately, the remote location also provides ideal conditions for illegal armed groups and their enterprises to flourish, bringing violence to the region. Coffee farmers often find themselves in the cross fire between these groups.
In 2008, Elena Vasquez and her family had to leave their farm after one of their daughters was assassinated at their house. This tragedy was very hard to overcome, yet after 6 difficult years living near the city of Medellin, the family decided that it was time to return to their farm and start all over again. In 2014, they began to plant coffee again, but re-entering the coffee business takes time as the trees do not produce cherries for several years. As they patiently waited for their trees to mature, Elena and her family had to rely on other crops at the farm to get by.
Currently, Elena has around 8,000 coffee trees at La Cienaga, including the Caturra, Variedad Colombia, and Castillo varietals. While the trees yield plenty of cherries, the family struggles to process them as their wet mill and their drying facilities are in need of improvement. We love Elena’s coffee and have high expectations for the development of a long term relationship that will give her the opportunity to improve her facilities.

25 | El Cajón

Producer
Carlos Castillo
Description
Sweet, stone fruit, bakers chocolate, spices
Process
Washed
Varietals
Castillo, Colombia
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,950 meters
Position
Under Contract
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
El Cajón is home to Carlos, his wife, Rosa, and their three children. The whole family is involved in the farm and loves to grow coffee. A testament to their hard work and dedication, El Cajón has grown slowly from a small plot of land to what it is today.

With all they have invested in the coffee industry, the family has decided to focus on the quality of their coffee in an effort to achieve some sustainability. They have started working with the geisha variety of coffee and are planning improvements to the farm including a new storage area and a new wet mill.
 

62 | La Loma – Caturra

Producer
Wilmar Montoya
Description
Sweet, chocolate, molasses, apple
Process
Washed
Varietals
Caturra
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,000 meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Ever the traditionalist, Wilmar is one of the few producers in Colombia that still grows the caturra varietal at his farm. The delicate coffee varietal is very susceptible to diseases such as leaf rust or infestations of “la broca”, causing many farmers to opt for sturdier  hybrids. However, the combination of La Loma’s altitude and Wilmar’s dedication have allowed the caturra coffee to thrive. Over 70% of the coffee produced at La Loma is caturra and the rest is variedad colombia (a caturra hybrid).

Wilmar lives at La Loma with his wife, Erika, and two daughters, Valentina and Luciana. He has been working with coffee for about 17 years but is only beginning his journey into specialty coffee. He is diving right in and already making improvements to enhance the quality of his coffee. We are very excited about our new relationship with Wilmar and see a lot of potential. The location of the farm, at over 2,000 meters above sea level, and the coffee varietals grown already bring a lot to the table. The future at La Loma is certainly bright.

153 | Arbol Solo

Producer
Exeomo Andrade
Description
Milk chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, stone fruit
Process
Washed
Varietals
Castillo, Variedad Colombia
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,900 meters
Position
Spot
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Exeomo has 10,000 coffee trees of the Castillo, and Colombia varietals at Arbor Solo. He has a lot of experience with specialty coffee, and has been selected in the past for the best coffees from the region.

With excellent management of his coffee fields, Exeomo has figured out how to keep his production yield consistent, harvest after harvest. He says that the key is renewal of unhealthy trees at the right time. This takes a lot of knowledge and experience, but pays off according to Exeomo.




68 | El Silencio – Chiroso

Producer
Jose Flores
Description
Vibrant, citrus, caramel, peach, floral
Process
Washed
Varietals
Chiroso
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,050 meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
A farmer all his life, José only shifted to coffee production when he purchased El Silencio nine years ago. The small farm is home to him and his wife, Martha Lucia, and is planted with 5,000 coffee trees. Of those trees, only 2,500 are old enough to produce coffee now.

The decision to operate on a smaller scale was deliberate. All of the coffee planted at El Silencio is the delicate chiroso varietal. While it is more susceptible to disease, José believes the risk pays off with the quality of the cup. By keeping his farm small, José can monitor all stages of the harvest and processing carefully to assure the health of his plants and the caliber of his coffee.