163 | Las Palomas

Producer
Wilfran Trujillo
Description
Plum, florals, honey, citrus
Process
Washed
Varietals
Chiroso
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,000 meters
Position
Sold out
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.

11 | Campo Alegre

Producer
Martin Tapias
Description
Sweet, cocoa powder, sugar cane, lime
Process
Washed
Varietals
Castillo, Colombia
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
1,800 meters
Position
Under Contract
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Martin takes great pride in the management of Campo Alegre. Upon visiting, it is evident that he has invested in a superior wet mill and quality marquesinas for wash processing and drying. Certain that his attention to every detail translates to an incomparable cup of coffee, Martin is just looking for the opportunity to prove it.
 

56 | El Mandarino

Producer
Arturo Martinez
Description
Vibrant, floral, Jasmin, maple syrup
Process
Washed
Varietals
Pink Bourbon
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,960 meters
Position
ETA October, 2023
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Arturo has worked in the coffee industry for over 20 years. He travels through the different regions in Colombia picking coffee while simultaneously learning from many different farmers. A couple of years ago, while working in the Huila region, he noticed how popular the pink bourbon varietal was becoming. He decided it was time to grow his own trees.

With seeds from a coffee plantation in Acevedo, Huila he travelled back to Nariño. Having no land of his own, he asked his father for a small lot to use and has his 250 coffee trees planted at El Mandarino. He now proudly puts his knowledge and experience to work cultivating his own coffee.

123 | El Carpintero

Producer
Laureano Gomez
Description
Sweet, maple syrup, grape, chocolate
Process
Washed
Varietals
Variedad Colombia
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,950 meters
Position
ETA October, 2023
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Despite growing up in the San Lorenzo region, Laureano went to work in the Quindio department of Colombia when he was younger. This area is part of the Eje Cafetero (Coffee Axis or Coffee Triangle) as it is where the majority of Colombian coffee is produced. Needless to say, he learned a lot about coffee during those years.

In 1985, Laureano returned to San Lorenzo and was able to buy the land that is now El Carpintero. Thirty-eight years later, he still calls the farm home along with his wife, Maria. They raised their two daughters there and are now empty-nesters as both daughters are grown.

Currently planted with 7,000 trees of Variedad Colombia, coffee was not always the main crop at El Carpintero. Laureano recalls a time when coffee was not grown in the region at all as the climate was too cold. He said weather has changed a lot during the years, getting warmer and warmer, making the area hospitable to coffee trees.

16 | El Plan

Producer
Patricia Benitez
Description
Sweet, caramel, plum, chocolate
Process
Washed, sun-dried
Varietals
Castillo, F4
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,750 meters
Position
ETA October, 2023
Warehouse
Continental Terminals, New Jersey
Coffee has always been a way of life for Patricia. Growing up on her father’s farm, she helped with the day to day activities with her siblings. After he passed away, Patricia inherited a portion of her farm where she started El Plan fifteen years ago.
As of 2023 Patricia and her husband Alex have 9,000 trees of coffee planted at El Plan of the varietal Castillo F4.

Coming full circle, she and her husband Alex now provide for her family with coffee production. However, Patricia, like many other Colombian coffee farmers, faces new challenges that are shrinking profits; climate change and the ever increasing costs of production are the main contributors to the declining margins. As we enter our fourth year working with Patricia, and been able to pay above market price for her coffee, we witnessed the importance that coffee has played in the oportunitites for the family. Patricia and Alex have been able to pay for the education of their son in a private university with the proceeds of coffee. Something that was unthinkable of a generation ago. We are humble and proud of working with farmer’s like Patricia an hope to impact many other farmers life giving them the opportunity of having a sustainable business model.

06 | El Placer

Producer
Ruberto Martinez
Description
Honey, pastry, bakers chocolate, cherry
Process
Washed, sun-dried
Varietals
Castillo F4 and F11
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,800 meters
Position
ETA October, 2023
Warehouse
Continental Terminals, New Jersey
As one of ten children, Ruberto was raised growing coffee alongside his siblings. He considers coffee farming a way of life, not just a job, so it comes as no surprise that he is now continuing the tradition.

El Placer is planted with 8,000 trees of the Castillo F4 and Castillo F11 varietals. Above average rainfall in both the 2021 and 2022 growing seasons has led to a considerable decrease in yields per tree. Ruberto laments that while the coffee trees flower, the excessive rain causes the flowers to fall off the tree before the nodes can develop into fruit. This leaves him, and other local farmers, with less coffee to sell.

He believes that relationships are the key to making the coffee industry sustainable. Through his commitment to investing the time and effort needed to produce consistent coffee, he aims to overcome the production variables. Ruberto hopes his quality focus will help El Placer prosper and encourage generations to come to continue the family farming tradition.

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
ETA October, 2023
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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07 | El Naranjo

Producer
Evelio Bados
Description
Grapes, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate,
Process
Washed
Varietals
Castillo, Colombia
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,900 meters
Position
ETA October, 2023
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.

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
ETA October, 2023
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. After cupping these coffees for the first time last year, we saw the opportunity to work with the community. The coffees showed great complexity and sweetness as well as consistency from farm to farm. We believe that having these small farms so close together in the same region plays a big role in the consistency and uniformity of the coffees.

Santa Marta Community lot is comprised by 10 small farms located between 1,900 and 2,100 meters above sea level

64 | La Cartagena

Producer
Jorge Cartagena
Description
Dark chocolate, maple syrup, spices, citrus
Process
Washed, sun-dried
Varietals
Caturra, Colombia
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
1,950 meters
Position
ETA October, 2023
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.