Brothers Juan and David Certain find their roots in the coffee farm started by their grandfather, Joaquin Esteban, near the town of Piendamó. In the 1960’s Joaquin planted coffee on his land in an area where citrus crops were the norm. From that small beginning, Joaquin built, going on to become director of the Colombia Federation of Coffee Growers for the Cauca region. Now one of his sons cultivates more than 100,000 coffee plants on approximately 150 acres.
Juan and David grew up on the family farm, but eventually fled Colombia as political refugees, They settled in New Mexico and are as deeply involved in coffee as they’ve ever been, buying green coffee from their uncle on the family farm, and shipping it to their roasting operation in Albuquerque.
“Coffee for us is not just a drink. It’s not just a beverage, it's our family. It's our history. It's who we are.”