Our Green coffee buyers led by Dave Peralta and Frederick Bejo went to southern Colombia Nariño region in the town of Buesaco. Along with Collaborative Coffee Source (Importer) led by Fairfield coffee trading (Exporter), they toured many of the farms in the region to get a sense of how coffee was changing in Colombia. In Nariño coffee is everywhere, seemingly everyone grows it or its part of the process. Every time you get in a jeep to drive to a farm there are coffee being dried on the side of the street or weighed down trucks bringing beans to the warehouse. But craft coffee is becoming a bigger deal in this behemoth in the coffee industry. With fantastic coffeeshops like, Amor Perfecto, offering region-specific brews and sourcing only Colombian beans you get a feeling that Colombian coffee farmers are starting to care about coffee processing and taste while still bolstering production.
The Alianza Cafe is a co-op of small growers with warehousing in the town of Buesaco where we spent time sourcing this fantastic coffee. These small size farmers take extreme care in their harvests resulting in a blend that is dynamic and very well balanced. These farmers have trees of the Caturra, Typica and Colombia varietal but they're experimenting with red and yellow bourbon, as well as Catuai, Castillo and Geisha to determine which grow best, are most resistant to disease and most importantly, which have superior taste!