The Coffee Quest Coffee Imports | Colombia
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The Coffee Quest in Colombia

Colombia will always have a special place in our heart, because this is where The Coffee Quest was born. Original founder Ronald de Hommel moved here in 2011, initially to work as a photojournalist, his old job. But soon he fell in love with the Colombian mountainous landscapes and the Specialty Coffee culture. Over the next years he moved from photojournalism into full time coffee-hunter in Colombia and distributor in Europe. The coffee Quest has come a long way since then and sources coffee in 8 countries right now, with probably two more on the way in 2018. In Colombia, we’re a team of ten people working hard on always increasing the quality of the entire supply chain. When you want to keep high standards in a consistent way you keep bumping into bottle necks and by now we’ve solved almost all of them. In the spring of 2018 we will open the Medellin Mill, the first purely specialty coffee focussed Micro Dry Mill in the whole department of Antioquia. Here we will collect the coffees we buy all over the country and we will mill, clean and package our coffees according to the highest standards possible. The great thing about Colombia is that there are many different coffee regions with different harvest seasons. And many areas we even have two harvests a year. This means we’ll be buying coffees all year round and can keep a steady supply of coffee coming to Europe to always guarantee you fresh new specialty lots. In Colombia, we mainly work with very small to medium size farms ranging from 0,5 to 7 Hectares. This means a lot of personal contact and a lot of intensive work together with farmers. Every day we spend hours on the phone with producers all over the country, advising them how to plant, fertilise, pick and process their coffee. We are setting up various buying stations in interesting regions to increase our presence there, to be closer to farmers and to be able to buy their great coffees much faster. We will soon be offering exclusive contracts for you with the farmer of your choice. When you really like that coffee you bought from us last year, we can connect you to that producer and guarantee you his coffee for the next years. This way we can offer the producer a more regular and higher income and by accompanying him in quality improvement, and maintenance, we aim to provide consistent quality for you. And if you want to visit a Colombian farmer, let us know and we’ll be happy to take you there.

Update 2017

Our third container of 2017 is on the way. This year Colombia has seen an exceptionally good harvest season. And The Coffee Quest has not done badly either. We’ve almost quadrupled our Colombia purchases this year and we have found a high number of very good lots. So don’t hesitate to order samples, because these coffees will go fast. Check out our expected list on the Offer list Page and order your samples. They’ll be in Europe any time now.

How we get the best coffee from Colombia

Contact us about your preference for Colombian coffee

Ronald and his team go searching in their network of farmers

After all coffees are cupped, a tailored sample package will be send out

The chosen coffee lot will be added to the next container to The Nederlands

The Coffee Quest handles storage and distribution to your doorstep

Enjoy roasting your perfect specialty coffee from Colombia

Ronald and his team

Ronald de Hommel is resposible for The Coffee Quest´s sourcing activities in Colombia. The Medellín Coffee export office was created with the objective to shorten the supply chain as much as possible. Over the last years Ronald has continuously developed the network of connected farmers, while taking care of daily selection of coffee and export logistics. In the office in Medellin he works with a team of professionals that take care of daily tasks and focus on finding the coffees with the cup quality our customers look for. Every year the contact with farmers is improving as both sides understand the value & effort of producing high quality coffees.