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Origin Trip to Colombia

In late July of 2017 we traveled to Colombia for our first origin trip. Through Colombian friends we got introduced to Azahar, a green coffee exporter from Bogota. However, through a lucky coincidence, the friends we knew and who hosted us for our 3 week trip, also had a background in coffee. So before flying to Armenia, the „coffee-belt“ of Colombia, we decided to take a trip to Socorro in the district of Santander which is around 6 hours drive by car from Bogota. Here’s our story:

The farm we visited is called Hacienda Morros. It is currently run by George Salazar who represents the 3rd generation of coffee farmers on that land. His family has been in the coffee business since 1945 and they currently produce around 150tons of green coffee every year. Located between 1500 – 1800 meter above sea level, the farm offers great potential for amazing coffees. Which is what Maria Paula, Georges daughter thought and why she convinced him to start experimenting with specialty coffee.
When we arrived and introduced ourselves to the family the hospitality we received was incredibly warm and welcoming. We had never met, never spoken over the phone or anything similar, but we were welcomed like long time friends. We spoke for around an hour late at night about the ideas that Coffee for a better place represents and wishes to achieve and soon realized we shared the same values and concepts when it comes to coffee and the world around it. The next day at 6AM we started our tour to the farm which was located around 30min outside of the small city. Once we arrived at the farm, George showed us everything. From where he hosts his workers during the harvest, to the washing stations and the depulper. Most interesting for us was a spare room which was used by the community to hold small educational presentations. The latest one was on maternal health. George and his family have been known in the region for supporting the community, both by providing work on the farm and by supporting education programs which benefit the people.
Later on we took the jeep and went into the plantations. The land was spectacular. Everything you could see was coffee. During our trip George told us that he had dedicated a piece of land for coffee which he will now start processing naturally, in the hopes of creating a sweet cup. Also, as Maria Paula told us, they are going to be experimenting with different honeys this year. Even though the farm has been around since over 60 years, it is their first experience with specialty coffee. In the future, George wishes to learn how to roast which will allow him to improve the quality of his coffee step by step.

We could stayed in Morros for days. The experience was truly eyeopening. Once we exchanged all our contact information and said goodbye, all sorts of ideas on how to work with the hacienda Morros or how to support their efforts on helping the people in the area came into our heads.
We have been in touch ever since. And we will definitely be back!

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Coffee for a better place

We at the Nord Coast Coffee Roastery strongly believe that transparency is key when it comes to coffee. We want to use this platform in order to share our ideas and stories about the world of coffee. Therefore, we created Coffee for a better place. In the future you will be able to find everything from stories about our producers, our trips to countries of origin but also our future development projects right here.

Coffee for a better Place wants to highlight the necessity of having a spotlight on producers. We believe that their role and importance in the entire production and value chain of coffee is often underestimated or left out completely. Therefore, we commit ourselves to create relationships with farmers and producers which go beyond coffee. By that we mean the following:

Starting in 2018, we will engage in different forms of projects. On the one hand we will work closely with betterplace.org and support a project focused on rebuilding the coffee and cocoa plantations in the Congo. This will be a crowd-funded project where our role will mainly be to share information and help collect a portion of the needed amount. We will use this platform to be as transparent as possible when it comes to how the raised money will be used in the end. All information and questions regarding the progress of the project can be found and are answered here.

Furthermore, we are looking to set up partnerships with already established players in the field of development like Trabocca, a green coffee importer from Amsterdam, Belco, a green coffee importer from France and others. We will tag along by supporting different projects, some already ongoing and some about to start.

As you can see, 2018 will be an exciting year for us in terms of development and coffee stories. Feel free to check regularly for updates!