Colombia

There is so much great coffee in Colombia. Honestly, it's very tempting to make all of our selections based on the top scoring coffees each harvest, but if we did, our growth and ability to serve our market with traceable community lots would be limited. We rather seek to develop ongoing relationships with private producer groups, cooperatives and exporters, and build communities.

What we source

As most producers in Colombia are smallholders managing their farms and processing their own coffee, our concepts focus on both micro-lots and larger blends. These coffees are sourced from Huila, Tolima, and Nariño. Additionally we work with a single producer, a leader in his community of coffee growers, sharing knowledge and providing resources to bring more producers into the specialty market, Juan Saldarriaga.

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The future of Colombia

Colombia is an enormously diverse country with many micro-climates and soil conditions ideal for growing and processing exceptional coffee. However, the majority of coffee farmers in Colombia are smallholders with limited resources and limited access to the specialty market. Finding pickers to harvest coffee is becoming increasingly difficult, combined with fuel shortages, political instabilities and climate change, we need to be prepared for prices to stay high for a while.

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There are more than 500.000 coffee producers in Colombia, 80% or more are having less than 3 hectares. Coffee is grown all over the country and is spread out in 19 departments (regions), most of them along the three mountain ranges coming from the Andes in the south. The biggest and most well-known regions are Antioquia, Huila, Tolima, Cauca, Nariño, Caldas, Santander and Sierra Nevada. The latitudes are ranging from 2 degrees to about 12 degrees. Altitudes for coffee production can vary from 1200 – 2200 meters above sea level. All producers are picking, pulping, fermenting and drying their coffee themselves in their “micro beneficios”. The coffee is then sold in parchment and delivered a local town to a bodega. The bodega is a purchasing point for parchment and can be represented by a growers association, a cooperative, an exporter, or just an independent local middleman. There’s always someone buying random coffee, while some others have quality programs or strong relations with the producers.

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Offices

Come visit us in our offices around the world.

If you're passing by one of our origin offices, we always have some space for you to catch up on your own work and cup with us.

Oslo, Norway

Tøyengata 29c
0758 Oslo
+47 926 32 323
Alexander@tropiq.no

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

6th Floor Snap Plaza, Airport Road, 14303 Bole, Addis Ababa
+4792632323
Alexander@tropiq.no