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179 | La Fortuna – Chiroso

Producer
Maximiliano Vargas
Description
Floral, green tea, maple syrup
Process
Washed
Varietals
Chiroso
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,100meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey

Maximiliano has been working with coffee since 2,000. He is grateful coffee gave him the opportunity to provide for his four now grown children and for his wife when she was alive. Maximiliano’s wife Maria Estela died in 2020. Maximiliano has 3,500 chriroso trees at La Fortuna. In 2021 Maximiliano participated in a coffee competitions with his coffee and placed in the top 10.
Maximiliano explains that he is very meticulous with his coffee processing, he picked one day, depulped 24 hours later, let the coffee sit in the fermentation tank for 72 hours, before washing it.
Maximiliano is planning on making some improvements at his farm starting with his drying facilities and also his wet beneficio. He believes these improvements will allow him to improve even more the quality of his coffee.


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.



63 | La Divisa – Caturra

Producer
William Rueda
Description
Sweet, floral, molasses, apple
Process
Washed
Varietals
Caturra
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,200 meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
William has been working with coffee all his life. Coffee has given William the opportunity of providing for his family. He lives at La Divisa with his wife Gloria and their three children Juan, Maria y Emanuel. William wants his children to continue the family tradition of growing coffee. He is helping them to grow their own small lots of coffee.

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.

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.
 

163 | Las Palomas – Chiroso

Producer
Wilfran Trujillo
Description
Plum, florals, honey, citrus
Process
Washed
Varietals
Chiroso
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,000 meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Wilfran grew up around coffee, learning alongside his father and grandfather. In 2013, he moved to Las Palomas and began planting coffee trees in partnership with his father. They are very proud of what they have built together. The farm currently has around 1,500 Chiroso trees producing cherries and another 1,500 that are a year old. Wilfran intends to expand the farm with the addition of 5,000 trees this year.
As the farm grew, so did Wilfran’s family. With his wife and daughter at the farm, life at Las Palomas has come full circle with Wilfran’s daughter learning about coffee alongside her father and grandfather.
Outside of life at Las Palomas, Wilfran enjoys playing music. He is a member of a local band and they love performing.

28 | La Paloma

Producer
Alfredo Piedrahita
Description
Sweet, maple syrup, orange , milk chocolate
Process
Washed
Varietals
Caturra, Colombia
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,000 meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Growing up at his parents farm, Alfredo inherited his father’s passion for coffee. When the time came to purchase his own land, he chose to stay in the area known for it’s unique fertile soil. However, his 30 years at La Paloma are not something to be taken for granted. In early 2000, violence between illegal groups erupted as they vied for control of the region. Several people were killed including one of Alfredo’s brothers and one of his cousins. After enduring these hardships, there was hope for of stability in the Colombian government’s peace treaty with the FARC in 2016. Unfortunately , different illegal groups are still interested in the illicit enterprises left behind in the wake of the treaty. Alfredo’s resilience and commitment to keep working at his farm are remarkable. We are humbled to work with people like him.

89 | Bagamenton

Producer
German Garcia
Description
Maple syrup, stone fruit, spices, bakers chocolate
Process
Washed
Varietals
Caturra
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,300 meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Bagamenton has been home to the Garcia family for over 40 years. Nestled at over 2,300 meters above sea level, Bagamenton has the highest elevation of any farm that we have worked with. This above the clouds location plays a fundamental role in the quality of the coffee that is produced at the farm.

German and his siblings were raised at the farm, where they learned the production of coffee. German’s father, Francisco, used to work at the neighboring coffee farms all year round to provide for his family, meanwhile German’s mother, Bertha, took care of the kids and the farm. Sadly, his father passed away in 2006 when German was just 8 years old. As a result, the Garcia family became more dependent on the farm. They started planting more coffee and nowadays they have about 1,700 trees between Colombia, Caturra and Typica varietals.