Colombian coffee is often considered the standard in the Americas. We stopped roasting Colombian in 1999, when the violence of the war touched me personally and deeply. Then, in 2002, I met a group of young coffee farmers trying desperately to break away from the conflict and rebuild their shattered lives. Many of the farmers saw organic, fair trade coffee as a means to this end, including disengaging from illicit crops. My conversations with these farmers helped me get past the pain of my own experience, and we decided to work together.
Fondo Paez Cooperative was founded in 1992, with the primary goal of resuscitating indigenous agricultural knowledge and culture, suppressed through centuries of colonization, conflict and globalization. They are Paez, or Nasa, people, the largest indigenous group in Colombia, and their ancestral lands spread along the Cordillera Central (Colombian Andes) around Cauca. Their farms are beautiful representations of diverse agro-forestry, incoporating cash crops such as coffee, sisal and tropical fruits with table crops and nitrogen fixing plants for the health of the soil.
The beans they grow are classic Colombian- a smooth, round cup, known for its consistency and flavor. We do not blend this coffee, rather we use it straight up- a good old cuppa joe.
'Me gusta mucho su cafÃƒ - I like your coffee very much
'Es este un tipo de planta medicinal?' - Is this a type of medicinal plant?