Karlacá Coffee

Colombia Alto Bonito

Chocolate, red berries, sugarcane.

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This sweet coffee offers aromas of maple, sugarcane molasses, and chocolate leading into light notes of red berries and brown sugar. Silky, caramelized body, bright acidity, and lingering chocolate notes make for a satisfying, balanced cup.

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Alto Bonito
Giovanni A. Marin Salguero
1610 m
Washed Process

Meet Giovanni A. Marin Salguero

Alto Bonito Farm is in Salento, located in the northeastern corner of the Quindio department. Nestled near the Central Cordillera- (Central Andes) where average temperatures hover around 59 degrees F, coffee flourishes.

Alto Bonito Farm is an estate and direct trade coffee owned by Giovanni A. Marin Salguero. An incredibly hard worker, Giovanni follows a very traditional approach with his coffees. Using the wet process method, he ferments his coffee for about 16 hours, and sun dries it. Due to Giovanni’s dedication to sustainability, his coffees hold UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certifications. Karlacá traded directly with Giovanni for this particular lot.

Quindio, Colombia

Consisting almost entirely of mountain landscapes covered in tropical rainforest and bamboo forests, the Quindío (keen-dee-o) department in west central Colombia is part of what is known as Triángulo del Café, “the coffee triangle” or “coffee axis.” This zone is formed by the Caldas, Quindío, and Risaralda departments (states), and known the world over for quintessential coffee flavor.

The Quindio region is also home to the towering Nevado del Quindío, (Snow Mountain of Quindío), rising 16,896 feet above the sea. Famous for its quality coffee plantations and colorful architecture, the region is blessed with lovely weather, hotel accommodations, and many sites of interest for travelers. Here you can visit the National Coffee Park, a theme park based on--you guessed it--coffee! And at the end of June, if you show up in the town of Calarcá, you can join the National Coffee Party, a day of celebration that includes a beauty contest of coffee.

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Karlacá Coffee

As a child in Quindio, Colombia, Oscar Aldana spent many hours with his grandmother on her coffee farm, and with his father, who roasted coffee and sold it locally. He saw how coffee farmers like his grandmother and his friends were impacted by politics and changes in the Colombian coffee system. At 26, he moved to the U.S. to earn an MBA. Later on, he started a family and his coffee business.

Founded in 2013, Karlacá Coffee works directly with Oscar's friends who grow coffee--Finca La Morelia is owned by a college roommate--and offers often twice as much money to them as they would get for their crops from other buyers. In the States, Oscar and his team do a truly beautiful job roasting the beans before sharing them with avid coffee drinkers around the nation.


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