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.