119 | El Llano

Producer
Jhon Valencia
Description
Balanced, citrus, honey, caramel
Process
Washed
Varietals
Castillo, Colombia
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,100 meters
Position
Sold out
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
El Llano is located in a rural and remote place in Ituango, Antioquia, Colombia. Previously a FARC stronghold, Ituango is now caught in the post-conflict crosshairs. While the peace treaty brought an agreement between the government and FARC, it has opened the door for new armed groups to move in, each vying for a slice of the illicit enterprise left behind. People now live with a bag packed, ready to leave on short notice, and there have already been a few displacements in the last two years.
 
Jhon is no stranger to the turbulence of the area. Like many others, his family fell victim to the decades of violence with two of his brothers being kidnapped, one of them being killed. He persisted then and continues to now. Watching the strength and tenacity of Jhon and other farmers in the region has us more committed than ever, regardless of the challenges.
 

101 | Las Gradas – Gesha

Producer
William Martinez
Description
Sweet, floral, honeysuckle, jasmine
Process
Washed
Varietals
Gesha
Region
Nariño
Elevation
1,750 meters
Position
Under Contract
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Growing up in the countryside, William worked at several coffee plantations. With the support of his father, he started planting his own coffee 15 years ago. Now he calls Las Gradas home along with his wife and two daughters. William has plenty of ambition and there are many upgrades he would like to make to his farm, starting with the addition of a wet mill. He currently uses one at a neighboring farm. The ability to earn a better price for his coffee has him hopeful that he can not only provide for his family but improve his farm as well.

62 | La Loma

Producer
Wilmar Montoya
Description
Sweet, chocolate, molasses, apple
Process
Washed
Varietals
Caturra
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,000 meters
Position
Sold out
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Ever the traditionalist, Wilmar is one of the few producers in Colombia that still grows the caturra varietal at his farm. The delicate coffee varietal is very susceptible to diseases such as leaf rust or infestations of “la broca”, causing many farmers to opt for sturdier  hybrids. However, the combination of La Loma’s altitude and Wilmar’s dedication have allowed the caturra coffee to thrive. Over 70% of the coffee produced at La Loma is caturra and the rest is variedad colombia (a caturra hybrid).

Wilmar lives at La Loma with his wife, Erika, and two daughters, Valentina and Luciana. He has been working with coffee for about 17 years but is only beginning his journey into specialty coffee. He is diving right in and already making improvements to enhance the quality of his coffee. We are very excited about our new relationship with Wilmar and see a lot of potential. The location of the farm, at over 2,000 meters above sea level, and the coffee varietals grown already bring a lot to the table. The future at La Loma is certainly bright.

89 | Bagamenton

Producer
German Garcia
Description
Citrus, maple syrup, caramel
Process
Washed
Varietals
Colombia, Caturra, Typica
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,300 meters
Position
Sold out
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.

87 | La Soledad

Producer
Uriel Montoya
Description
Juicy, caramel, stone fruit, cherry
Process
Washed
Varietals
Colombia, Bourbon, Chiroso
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,000 meters
Position
Sold out
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Nestled in the San Carlos area of Urrao, La Soledad was part of the Uriel’s parent’s farm before they split it between their sons. With his land, Uriel has 2,500 Colombia trees – 1,000 Bourbon and 1,500 Chiroso. He expects to plant more trees in the future as well.

At 58, Uriel has spent over twenty years in the coffee business. While he has no intention of retiring soon, he does hope that his children, France and Carlos, will continue the family farm one day. With that in mind, he wants to position them for success. He sees the specialty coffee market as the best option for the future and wants to establish relationships that will continue for many years to come.

94 | Pedregal – Bourbon

Producer
Menardo Diaz
Description
TBA
Process
Washed, sun-dried
Varietals
Pink bourbon
Region
Nariño
Elevation
2,160 meters
Position
At origin – ETA October, 2022
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
Menardo lives with his wife Luz Marina and their adopted son Carlos at Pedregal. Originally working in the remote region of El Putumayo, Colombia, Menardo raised cattle and pigs. Through hard work, smart budgeting, and a credit from Banco Agrario he was able to purchase El Pedregal. The one hectare farm benefits from its location and high altitude, allowing Menardo to produce the Pink Bourbon variety coffee without the high risk of leaf rust.

As he becomes more experienced with coffee, Menardo is now very interested in learning how to improve processing practices in order to continually improve quality. Currently, he would like to improve his wet mill and his drying facilities. We are very excited to be working with him and hope to help him achieve all his goals.