I have visited these farms, brushed past the branches, sunk my hands into the bags and sifted the beans through my fingers. I have shook hands with the owner, the grower, the picker. I have harvested papaya for a snack, heard the birds that make the forest their home, splashed into the clear creek, seen the compost scattered around the trunks.

For me, these experiences mean more than a stamp on a bag, a familiar logo, a feel-good slogan.

Yes, these farms have earned their certifications for environmental and social responsibility. I encourage all coffee farms to work towards this certification, or at least make such criteria part of their farming practices, just as I encourage coffee drinkers to seek out these stamps of approval.

3 thoughts on “Coffees I Support

  1. We are heading back to the coffee region in the coming weeks. I want to work on a farm for a few days and see the entire process. We are thinking about opening a coffee shop back home in the future. I may reach out to you before we head that way!

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    1. For a more touristic experience, I recommend Hacienda Venecia in Caldas and La Granja de Mama Lulo in Quindio. In Antioquia I may be able to connect with you a coffee farm in Jardin that might let you get your hands dirty, but they don’t have housing available. We also may be making a trip to Concordia or Urrao in a couple weeks and could connect you with coffee farms there that might have space to stay and work. Sadly WWOOF Colombia is inactive, but you might look up RECAB in Antioquia.

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