Colombia Nov 19 – Dec 3

We are on our way to Colombia again, the purpose is to capture coffees harvested in September to early November from Huila, Antioquia and parts of Tolima. Our main priority will be our annual competition in Tarqui where we will cup through the coffees submitted by producers in the area, we have been partnering in this competition for three years now and it is always exciting to see what is coming out of the event. We commit to buying the top 10 lots, and if you are there with us you’ll get the first chance to pick your favourite!

Preliminary schedule:

  • 19th November – Get to Neiva, drive to Garzon
  • 20th November – Coocentral, Cup the selected coffees. Visit farms in the afternoon
  • 21st November –  Morning Cupping/Visit Farms with Coocentral
  • 22nd November – Drive to Pitalito, Cup in Pitalito.
  • 23rd November – Farm visits in Bruselas
  • 24th November – More Farm visits 
  • 25th November – Drive San Augustin
  • 26th November – Visit producers in San Augustin
  • 27th November – Visit farms/cupping
  • 28th November – Tarqui competition
  • 29th November – Tarqui competition final/ farm visits
  • 30th November – Drive to Neiva/fly to Medellin
  • 1st December – Bolivar with Juan Saldarriaga
  • 2nd December – Bolivar with Juan Saldarriaga
  • 3rd December – Return to Medellin/ Depart

Colombia buying trip

We prioritise buying coffees regularly and getting them shipped quick, so a buying trip to Colombia is a great way for you to do the same. You will be able to commit to coffees that you cup while your on the trip, and get dibs on the coffees you like. I will be visiting from 19th November to 3rd December and will cup through coffees from Huila, Antioquia and Tolima from the most recent harvest period. There will be a good range of micro lots from single producers and blends based on regional groups of farmers. Lot sizes can vary from 5-100 bags.

The general price range we are working in is 7-11 usd/kg FOB if you are importing yourself. For SPOT this would be equal to 10-15 usd/kg before volume discounts or for pre-bookings. The benefit of joining us on the trip is that you are able to get an earlier look at the coffees available and commit to buying volumes at a good deal! Aside from making your selection early you can also make your own selection.

Colombian coffees have so much versatility, with there being a wide range of profiles and great qualities these coffees can be used as stand alone filters or espresso coffees. We work both with small producers to cup through their production and keep aside those outstanding lots as well as on some bigger volume blends that are based on grouping the production of farmers in the same area together.

Contact Joanne if you want to join. It is advisable to come for the parts you are interested in, rather than the full two weeks.

Tarqui micro lot competition

We’ve been doing a competition in Tarqui since 2015. We announce the competition for the farmers in advance, so that they can be extra careful when picking and processing the coffee. We set certain parameters that the farmers should fulfil (moisture content, yield factor, lot size, and so on). Then, when all the entered lots have been approved, we gather a panel of professionals and cup and score the coffee blindly (this could be you!).We have set fixed prizes for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th to 10th place, and commit to buying these. For the 1st prize we pay more than three times the standard price per kilo for that region. The high premiums are always appreciated.A competition like this is a way of incentivising farmers and paying them great premiums for great coffees. It also gives us the opportunity to meet and get to know the farmers in that specific area, and explore the true potential there. The farmers also appreciate meeting roasters, it makes them feel connected to their markets, and valued for their hard work and investment.