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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.

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.

 

07 | El Naranjo

Producer
Evelio Bados
Description
Grapes, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate,
Process
Washed
Varietals
Castillo, Colombia
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,900 meters
Position
Spot
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
El Naranjo began over 38 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.

158 | Guamera

Producer
Alcides Guzman
Description
Bakers chocolate, brown sugar, honey, dry fruit
Process
Washed
Varietals
Colombia, Castillo
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
1,700 meters
Position
Spot
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Alcides has been working with coffee for 15 years, gradually increasing the production of La Gamera from a few trees to the 12,000 trees he currently has planted. He is careful to monitor the age of the trees and prune them every seven years. This management style allowed him to have very good yields as there are always trees producing. In adition to this meticulous tree management, Alcides believes reinvesting in the farm and its facilities is crucial to providing superior coffee. He diligently maintains his wet beneficio and drying facilities so that the cherries can be processed correctly and efficiently.
Despite La Guamera’s location in Ituango – Antioquia (an area fraught with conflict between illegal groups), Alcides and his wife are optimistic for the future. They believe their dedication to coffee will allow them to provide their daughter with more options as she grows older.

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.
 

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.