Sourcing Coffee in Colombia

The world is full of surprises and unfortunately, for an entire community--forty of whom produce coffee--the latest surprise is the catastrophic fault line that is tearing their mountain village apart. Homes, schools, and their ancient church are quickly sinking into the ground over the course of just six months. 

After meeting a handful of coffee farmers throughout the country and visiting their beautiful coffee estates, we are left with the difficult memory of a small indigenous community of farmers who have to uproot their ancient lives.

In accordance with the earth goddess Pachamama, they have to rebuild and harvest an entirely new community. After meeting with the local coffee leader, Fernando, we are confident that Think Coffee can provide some assistance in keeping their culture and community alive. 

Choosing what we sell in our Manhattan stores goes beyond the day to day coffee fix. Each sip is tied to something far more meaningful than just beans. We're calling it Social Project Coffee. 

More to come…

Enrique 

Permacultura-Mexico

Nasario and Enrique.

Nasario and Enrique.

I’d like to think that every person has that highly animated aunt, uncle, or friend that uses every inch of their body when speaking. For Think Coffee, that uncle is Nasario Solis. One of the eight farmers and quirky character who produces our great quality robusta coffee beans for our delicious Think Blend.

Nasario serves as a great introduction to Think’s new social project that is beginning this harvest. Currently, most of our farmers utilize their land for producing coffee. They are forced to spend money they don’t have and travel an hour away for food to feed their families and their workers. With the help of a local organization, Think Coffee plans on introducing new plants, trees, and crops, making all eight of their expansive lands more sustainable and self-sufficient.

I had the pleasure of meeting Nasario for the first time this summer and he was one of the farmers who was already experimenting with the idea of permaculture. His land not only had thousands of coffee plants, but a variety of fruit trees, cattle, and a honey farm. He is enriching the soil and producing new crops that can help feed his family, his workers, and possibly his own community. Imagine what all eight farmers could provide. 

 

Enrique Hernandez, Regional Manager

Photography from Kellensoo on Display at 123 4th Avenue

We're hosting an opening reception at 123 4th Avenue this Thursday, April 14th from 6-8 pm.

We have a longstanding purchasing relationship and accompanying social project with the coffee producers of Kellensoo, Ethiopia. On our most recent trip to Addis Ababa and Kellensoo, we brought photographer Guy Greenberg to document the interaction between Think Coffee representatives, the Ethiopian exporters who work with us, and the villagers of Kellensoo. Beginning this week, twenty selected images that give a more intimate look at the relationship between Think and the coffee we purchase will be on display at our 4th Avenue location.

If you can't come by, you can still check out the images from the show here, more from the trip on Think's instagram, and lots more of Guy's selected photography here.