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Colombia

Sweet and full bodied. The products of hard work, family traditions spanning generations, and favorable climate conditions. Perfect as it is, that’s Colombian coffee.

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History

The first coffee seeds supposedly made it to the American continent in Dutch and French ships in around 1714. It was the Jesuit priests that, by 1723, had introduced the seeds to Colombia. The first mention of actual coffee growing originates from 1732, from the Jesuit Seminary of Popayán. It then made its way to other provinces, such as Santa Marta and Riohacha.

It wasn't until the end of the 18th century that the first commercial plantations started producing coffee. This was in the regions of Santander, Boyaca, and the hills around Medellin.

Today, Colombia is one of the world’s coffee-producing power houses, satisfying some 10% of the global coffee demand.

One notable thing about Colombia’s coffee production is the existence of the Federation Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (the FNC). The federation makes sure that growers can always sell their coffee for a certain price. They still can, however, sell directly to buyers. What’s most interesting is that the federation has been around since the 1920s, way before something resembling Fair Trade had even been heard of.

Of the 500,000 families producing coffee in Columbia, more than 70% are small producers, with land the size of 1.5 hectares at most. These are some of the factors adding to the variety and making the competition drive quality upwards.
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Buena Vista/Carlos Imbachi

A family farm known for its superbly balanced and sweet coffee. Voted the SCAA’s Coffee of the year twice in a row. A benchmark for small-production Colombian coffee.

Set among Caturra trees in south-west Colombia, the Buena Vista family farm has been successfully running for some 30 years.

Carlos is a welcoming and hard-working host. You can see that he lives by what he does, and so does the whole family. The plantation is some 5,938 ft (1,800m) above sea level. Like most Colombian plantations, Buena Vista is able to produce coffee all year long. Thanks to the favorable climate conditions, the family is able to sell almost 20 tons of coffee annually.

Once picked, the coffee is hung on ‘secaderos’ for about 16 hours. There, the coffee’s able to withstand the elements, including the daily showers. The coffee is also certain to get enough air circulation using this method.
The coffee will be familiar to those of you that have had a Huila region coffee before. The aroma is full of sugarcane, tropical fruit, and freshly plucked plums. The actual taste will remind you of milk chocolate, toffee, nuts, and plums. Full bodied, very complex, but also very sweet. If you enjoy having your cup on the sweet side and enjoy discovering various intricacies along the way, then look no further.

We consider being able to offer you a coffee of this quality a huge privilege. Getting one’s hands on coffee from Buena Vista, directly from the farmer themself especially, is an achievement that we hope you’ll share with us.

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