Karlacá Coffee

Colombia El Placer

Hazelnut, almond, sugar cane molasses.

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This rich, complex coffee present aromas of sugarcane and hazelnut, opening up into flavor notes of caramel and almonds. Balanced and silky, sugar cane molasses lingers in the finish.

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El Placer
Jose Medina
1571 Lat/Long: m
Washed Process

Meet Jose Medina

High in the green central Andes (Cordillera Central) where the mountains scrape the sky, we find El Placer, the coffee farm of Jose E. Medina. The Medinas have owned El Placer for 15 years, following a traditional Colombian wet process, fermenting their coffee for about 14 hours, then sun drying.

Jose is committed to sustainability, significantly reducing water consumption in the coffee process through the adoption of new technology, and has earned the coveted UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certifications for his coffee. In addition, Jose follows socially responsible practices, continually working to improve labor conditions for his employees.

Quindido, 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.

Silver Spring, MD

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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