Karlacá Coffee

Colombia La Morelia

Champagne, panela, fresh grape.

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This coffee launches with a chocolate liqueur aroma, moving into an explosion of fresh grape, panela (raw Colombian sugar), and champagne. Medium in body with a malic acidity and creamy mouthfeel, Finca La Morelia coffee offers a clean and lingering finish for a truly memorable cup.

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Finca La Morelia
Fabian Torres
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Meet Fabian Torres

Finca La Morelia nestles in the fertile soil of the Caimo Township, 10 minutes away from Armenia, Colombia. Long-time coffee producers Gilberto Torres and Cecilia Valencia acquired this farm in 1982, and recently handed the operation over to their son, Fabian Torres, who went to school with Karlacá owner Oscar Aldana. The Torres family have been growing coffee in the Quindío (keen-dee-o) region for over 50 years, and Fabian brings this expertise into all that he does. Focusing on improving and standardizing all aspects of coffee cultivation from planting new trees to harvesting and processing techniques, Fabian is one of the pioneers of third wave coffee production in the area.

At Finca La Morelia, Fabian requires that coffee beans be hand selected, and conducts routine daily cupping sessions to assess quality. This pursuit has paid off, enabling him to reach very consistent levels of specialty coffee production.

Quindio, Colombia

Gods and mythical animals hang out in the mountains of Colombia, stone monuments to a civilization that faded circa 1320 A.D., was rediscovered in the 1800’s. The country is rich in all the elements that make it prime coffee-growing territory: volcanic soils, lush climate, and altitude.

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 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.

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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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