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135 | El Maco

Producer
Zoila Rojas
Description
Sweet, stone fruit, maple syrup, milk chocolate
Process
Washed
Varietals
Colombia/Castillo
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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183 | El Mirador

Producer
Edy Martinez
Description
Chocolate, cola, grapes, molasses,
Process
Honey – Sun dried
Varietals
Castillo F4
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,850 meters
Position
Spot
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Edy and her husband, Erney, have worked together with coffee for over 20 years. Despite growing up on a coffee farm, Edy points out that she learned to grow and produce coffee with her husband. She explains that, as a female, the focus was on learning household chores rather than about coffee and farming.

As they raised their three children at El Mirador, Edy and Erney were sure to teach them about all aspects of the farm. They considered it equally important to the education the children received in school. Edy is proud that El Mirador provided the income need to raise a family and hopes that her children want to continue growing and producing coffee in the future.

 

75 | La Arboleda

Producer
Alberto Montoya
Description
Sweet, honey, lemongrass, green tea
Process
Washed, sun-dried
Varietals
Chiroso
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,050 meters
Position
Spot
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Alberto grew up in the Urrao region and has many memories of working on coffee plantations. He eventually saved up enough money to purchase La Arboleda and began growing his own coffee. This proved to be a good investment as it is still home to Alberto and his wife of thirty-two years, Maria.
Aside from coffee,  Alberto is also the president of the Junta de Accion Comunal in the region.

As a leader, he is always trying to improve the livelihood of the community through development and projects such as roads and bridges. He wants all the families in his community to have access to opportunities and believes direct trade (near and far) can help everyone succeed.

02 | El Porvenir

Producer
Lucido Diaz
Description
Sweet, butter, nougat, floral
Process
Washed
Varietals
Pink bourbon
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,750 meters
Position
Spot
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Lucido grew up in Putumayo, a state in the south of Colombia. He has always worked as a farmer and started growing coffee once he settled in La Union, Nariño, Colombia. He considers this a lifetime commitment and prides himself in his work.
We have been working with Lucido for 6 years now. When we started buying coffee from him in 2018, he had Castillo and Colombia varietals. In 2019, Lucido decided to completely replant his farm with 3,000 trees of the varietal Pink Bourbon. This risky undertaking left him without any coffee production for three years while the new trees grew. In 2022, we had the first harvest of his new varietal and it was worth the wait. Not only did the coffee taste great, but Lucido said that pink bourbon is holding better than the previous varietals regarding climate change and new disease that are affecting the coffee trees.

65 | La Primavera

Producer
Lizardo Montoya
Description
Floral, brown sugar, molasses, green tea
Process
Washed
Varietals
Chiroso
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,000 meters
Position
Spot
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Lizardo lives with his wife Luz Dary at La Primavera. They have been working with coffee for about 11 years and currently have trees of the Chiroso varietal at the farm. Chiroso is a relatively new varietal which is endemic to the region of Urrao, Antioquia, Colombia. A natural mutation of old-growth caturra, the beans are larger and have an oblong shape.

As this varietal gains recognition from importers and roasters, Lizardo is excited about the opportunity to grow relationships that will lead to sustainable prices. With a more predictable income, he would be able to budget for upgrades to the drying facilities at La Primavera. Even at 56 years of age, he is always looking for ways to improve. 

84 | La Soledad

Producer
Ivan Montoya
Description
Floral, lemongrass, maple syrup
Process
Washed
Varietals
Chiroso
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,050 meters
Position
Spot
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. 

05 | Los Pinos

Producer
Colombia Portilla
Description
Bakers chocolate, honey, caramel, stone fruit
Process
Washed, sun-dried
Varietals
Castillo, Colombia
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,800 meters
Position
Spot
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Colombia inherited Los Pinos from her parents and raised her 3 children there as well. As a divorced mother, she relied on coffee production to provide for her family entirely. Her children helped on the farm while they were growing up, but now that they are all married with their own families, her brothers Hernan and Guillermo assist her during the harvesting season.

Colombia is still dedicated to her farm and wants to improve her drying installations. She intends to continue coffee production for years to come and is excited about the possibility to work hand in hand with roasters overseas.