Colombia La Arenosa Estate

Everyone knows that Colombia produces quality coffee. We know because of the famous Juan Valdez commercials. The National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia, or FNC for short, has had huge success promoting Colombian coffee with the Juan Valdez marketing campaign. While the FNC does good work to maintain the quality of coffee leaving Colombia, most coffees we see from Colombia are a blend of many different farmers' coffee. The sad thing is that stand-out coffees end up being blended with average coffees to make decent quality regional lots.

When we taste La Arenosa Estate, we're tasting something much more specific than a country or even a region. We're tasting the hard work, dedication and pride of a real life Juan Valdez named Olvey Narvaez. We're tasting the harvest from his three acre family farm, 1900 meters up in the mountains of Nariño. The distinct plum and dried fruit popping over a dense focused sweetness layered with bittersweet cocoa; that's Don Olvey's dedication to quality shining through. We're excited to offer such a distinctive Colombian coffee!

 Until Next Time,

Steve Hoffman | Director of Coffee & Production

Coffee, Travel, #ovcstewards

How Our New Micro-Lots Help Organic Farming

The study of soil utilizing a chromatograph at COMSA Co-op to determine organic compounds.

The study of soil utilizing a chromatograph at COMSA Co-op to determine organic compounds.

As you know if you read Woody’s most recent blog, we are very excited about our upcoming COMSA Co-op micro-lots from Honduras.  In addition to producing many great organic coffee varieties, COMSA is dedicated to their ability to grow those coffees consistently and efficiently.  In order to achieve this, the co-op has invested in chromatography equipment (chromatograph) and we are supporting their efforts by paying them an extra $.10 for each pound of micro-lot coffee beans we purchase.

Now what, you may be thinking, is chromatography? 

According to Science Olympiad.org:

Chromatography is a method used by scientists for separating organic and inorganic compounds so that they can be analyzed and studied. By analyzing a compound, a scientist can figure out what makes up that compound. Chromatography is a great physical method for observing mixtures and solvents. 
The Chromatography Lab at COMSA Co-op

The Chromatography Lab at COMSA Co-op

The co-op uses chromatography to analyze the soil or any fruit grown to determine if they are growing organically, and to see what nutrients it might be lacking.   It takes a lot of the guess work out of why one harvest or particular crop yields more and/or better coffee beans than another.

The COMSA co-op does a lot for its members regarding their soil, and they will do as much as they can to help its community.  

COMSA, as a co-op wanted the chromatograph to benefit its new and existing members. If you are a current member of COMSA, you can bring your soil for testing, find out which nutrients and minerals are present, and which are deficient. If something in your soil is lacking, COMSA provides a range of organic (homemade) liquid treatments that you can apply to make your farm more fertile.

These organic fertilizers are free of charge for any members who wish to improve the soil quality of his/her farm. If you are not a member and wish to be, you must bring your soil for testing to ensure that it is organic. (Andrew Blyth, Royal Coffee NY)

We are happy to partner with COMSA in this way to continue their sustainable farming practices and provide you with delicious coffee! #ovcstewards

Your fellow coffee fanatic,

Andrea