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.

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.

 

65 | La Primavera

Producer
Lizardo Montoya
Description
Floral, brown sugar, molasses, green tea
Process
Washed
Varietals
Chiroso
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,000 meters
Position
Under contract
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. 

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.

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.

116 | La Quinta

Producer
Tiberio Correa
Description
Chocolate, honey, molasses, brown sugar
Process
Washed
Varietals
Colombia, Castillo
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
1,900 meters
Position
ETA: June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Tiberio was raised along with his 12 siblings at his parent’s coffee farm in Ituango, Antioquia. He learned everything about coffee from his father. Now he and his wife are raising their 4 children at their own coffee farm, La Quinta. With 6 hectares planted with coffee, La Quinta has around 25,000 coffee trees of the Colombia, Castillo and Caturra varietals. In addition to coffee, the family produces beans and corn. Some cattle are also raised at the farm. Tiberio is forever grateful for his land. He believes there is no better lifestyle than to be surrounded by fresh air, peace, and nature. On top of that, coffee has given him the resources to educate his kids. Tiberio believes that education is important even if you come back to work at the farm. If you have the knowledge to do things better your quality of life will improve he says.

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.