Under Contract

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
Under Contract
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.

41 | La Mina

Producer
Henry Martinez
Description
Honey, dark chocolate, plum
Process
Washed, sun-dried
Varietals
Colombia, Castillo
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,960 meters
Position
Under contract
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Ask Henry Martinez to describe the coffee industry and he will tell you, “Coffee is a blessing for all of us” and that he owes everything he has to hard work and coffee. He can recall good years and bad years, but is quick to note that lately the bad years are overwhelming the good ones. Coffee prices have been very low even though the cost of production keeps climbing.

After getting married to his wife Ricardina, Henry bought La Mina from his father. Through hard work and carefully managed expenses, he was able to pay off the farm in two years. While he originally planted caturra varietals, he found out after only 5 years how susceptible that variety is to leaf rust.

Now La Mina is planted with castillo varietals and focused on the production of specialty coffee as Henry sees this as an important opportunity to reduce the volatility in coffee prices. He knows that if we can develop strong relationships with customers over time, he can concentrate on his craft without worrying if he is going to break even at the end of the harvest. 

01 | La Capilla

Producer
Alipio Muñoz
Description
Apple, maple syrup, butter, lingering
Process
Washed
Varietals
Caturra
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,750 meters
Position
Under Contract
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.

22 | El Aguante

Producer
Marcial Lopez
Description
Honey, grapes, molasses, dark chocolate
Process
Washed
Varietals
Colombia, Castillo
Region
Nariño
Elevation
2,000 meters
Position
Under Contract
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Marcial has worked with coffee for 30 years and loves his job. The last 20 of those years have been at El Aguante where he also produces corn, yuca, and other crops for the family’s consumption. His love for farming, and coffee in particular, has manifested in his children and they hope to follow in his footsteps one day. We hope to play a role in making the business sustainable for these upcoming generations.

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.
 

54 | Bodegas

Producer
Edwin Benitez
Description
Caramel, sugar cane, milk chocolate
Process
Washed
Varietals
Colombia, Castillo
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,750 meters
Position
Under Contract
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Edwin has worked with coffee all his life, originally learning to the trade from his father. After his father passed away, he inherited part of his land and continued growing coffee. Edwin knows first hand the hard work and dedication that coffee demands and believes the low coffee prices do not fairly compensate for them. He sees great opportunity in developing direct trades relationships that recognize the quality of the coffee he is producing.

Edwin lives with his wife Blastenia, his son Jaider, and his daughter Graicy at Bodegas. He wants to continue the legacy that his father left him, and is now teaching his son the best practices for improving quality. He is hopeful that the evolution of the specialty coffee market will provide some stability for the future generations of coffee growers.

08 | El Chupadero

Producer
Fernando Martinez
Description
Brown sugar, cherry, chocolate
Process
Washed, sun-dried
Varietals
Colombia, castillo
Region
Nariño
Elevation
2,050 meters
Position
Under contract
Warehouse
Continental New Jersey
Fernando has a long history with coffee. He started working on coffee farms after finishing primary school, learning the necessary skills from his father. He now lives at El Chupadero with is wife, Daisy. Over the last 20 years they have been managing and improving the farm. Currently, Fernando is budgeting to add a warehouse area at the farm for increased storage and more controlled conditions.

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
Under Contract
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.