We are proud to bring you coffee that is not genetically modified. Coffee that provides year-round work for families, Coffee that needs fewer chemicals thanks to the rich soil it grows in and the constant cherry-picking; Coffee that doesn’t invade large territories but grows together in harmony with hundreds of other types of trees, making these areas functional habitats for birds, bears, and other animals while producing foods for us, humans.
Some background about our beans
Coffee that is grown in this Colombian state, Santander, is one of the last few shaded grown Colombian beans, if not the last. Coffee shrubs around the world have been genetically modified to grow under the sun, Colombia is no exception being the 3rd largest producer in the world. This type of modified coffee shrub is typical of the vast plantations everywhere in the producing countries. Moreover, it now accounts for more than 95% of all Colombian coffee. Read more...
To make it simple, we are purists in the roasting process of our beans. Beans are acquired and brought in green form. Locally, they get about a City full (medium-high) roast by our master roaster. Such a roasting profile has been hard-earned. It has been in the making since we first began our specialty coffee adventure back in 2004. Certainly, with each new crop, there is a tweak to be performed to achieve the best possible flavor profile. Being the fruit coffee is, weather conditions do have an impact year on year. And even though the main characteristics of our Santander Beans remain very much the same in its core, some small changes do happen. The roasting, therefore, is adjusted; again, not a whole lot but just enough to deliver to our customers, not just consistency, that wouldn’t make the bean justice, but the best possible version of the current crop.
Why it works.
Simply because our Santander beans’ flavor is that rich and complex. At a medium level, Its high acidity would ruin the taste of an espresso shot. We rather not make your tummy upset, least curdle your milk! Higher roast, but not too high that would make it taste burnt, translates into lower acidity, leaving yet a good bite of it, the right amount to allow you to taste our beans’ specialty quality standard. It’s quite the balancing act.
We are two Colombian ladies who arrived many years ago in the Czech Republic. We came to do our internship but ended up loving it here to the point of making this wonderful country our home. After a few years, we did notice that the coffee offerings were lackluster. There was no specialty coffee when the idea came to fruition.
In the beginning, we brought the coffee roasted from home. This was less than ideal because the trip simply shortened its best tasting days. So we looked and finally found a well seasoned and great person to be our roasting strategic partner.
All Colombian coffee is ‘fairly traded’
All Colombian coffee is fairly traded even though you might not find the famous and recognizable Fair Trade logo. The FNC (Federación Nacional de Cafeteros) is the official aggregation of Colombian coffee growers. The non for profit body operates coffee warehouses all over the country so that any coffee grower can come and sell its crop to at an assured and fair price. Learn more...
Such price is published in all newspapers plus the FNC website, daily. The local official price depends mainly on the international price of the coffee (coffee is a commodity, NYSE). However, when the coffee price falls internationally, to a low level that doesn’t quite cover the minimum cost of living of the growers, the FNC takes money from its fund to up the internal price and bring it to the minimum. In the same way, the FNC fund is made of money that is saved up when the opposite happens, coffee price is high and not only does it cover the minimum cost of living but there is money left to fatten the fund for the hard times when the intel’ price is low. Therefore, all Colombian coffee is fairly traded.
We can provide Cafe Los Andes for your office. We strongly advise that you get in touch with us for a custom solution to your office needs.
In short, we supply not just single-origin specialty coffee but also furnish your office with coffee making equipment if your current workspace does not have such equipment and you are looking to upgrade not just your employees’ office stay but also your valuable clients’ visit.
We work mainly with two coffee machine brands, Delonghi and Saeco (PHILIPS), they have proven to be reliable and enduring for years.
Depending on the size of your workforce, we can arrange a Delonghi Bean2Cup espresso super-automatic machine for offices from 3 employees up to 30.
The best course of action is to give us a call or email us to discuss a tailored solution to your needs.
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