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Nicaragua Partnership – Fabretto Coffee

Coffee cherries - all photos provided by Fabretto Enterprises In 2019 alone, Nicaragua saw two major hurricanes less than two weeks apart. The destruction caused by these hurricanes is hard to quantify. Not only did the hurricanes damage structures, but they also ravaged countless acres of farmland, affecting some of the most vulnerable people in Nicaragua: the rural poor. The following year coronavirus [...]

Colombia Part 2 – Yominson Trujillo

In our last blog post I wrote briefly on Semilla Coffee and the Monkaaba Project that's taking place around the town of San Agustin in the Huila department of Colombia. Just to cover some basics before moving forward: Semilla Coffee is a coffee importing and trading company that's really redefining what this role looks like in the supply chain. Instead of being driven by profits, [...]

Colombia | Sourcing with Semilla and the Monkaaba Project

Colombia, Sourcing with Semilla and the Monkaaba Project Part 1 Resources to learn more about the protests against Tax Reform in Colombia (updates are taking place daily): Colombian Coffee Professionals Speak Out on What's Going On Pictures of Protests with Commentary UN Condemns Crackdown on Protests Resources from Semilla Coffee on the history and current status of the Colombian coffee industry:  On Monkaaba, the organization [...]

Burundi | Long Miles Coffee Project

I taste literally hundreds of coffees every year to determine our lineup, but there are two factors which are an absolute MUST for us to consider buying the coffee in the first place: 1) The coffee directly supports a supply chain that equally and fairly distributes value. In other words, the coffee producers are paid fair wages, and all the actors in between [...]

Colombia – Carlos + Angela of Toldopamba

Mountain of Narino - All photos provided by Toldopamba Coffee Colombia is one of the most diverse and complex coffee-producing nations in the world. The culture of coffee-producing has spread to all corners of the nation, and the result is countless communities tucked into mountainsides and valleys that produce excellent specialty coffee. Many of these communities are tucked into valleys and mountainsides in [...]

Exploring Peru: Rutas Del Incas

Exploring Peru Part 1 Throughout the next several months Utopian Coffee is releasing several very special coffees from Peru. Each blog post will explore a unique selection and give you insight into where the coffee comes from and what makes it so special. Rutas Del Incas Cooperative  Chota Province, Cajamarca Region  Available through January   The most remote and mysterious destinations in the world produce some [...]

Cocaine to Coffee

"This is the most we've ever been paid for anything." -Pablo Taquinas on Utopian Coffee purchasing coffee from both his farm as well as his neighbors Utopian Direct Relationship - Cocaine to Coffee We are extremely pumped to announce the 2020 Cocaine to Coffee project launch! We currently have three coffees available, with the first being a single-farmer light roast from Mireya Espinosa. [...]

Huehuetenango Trip Report

If you’re reading this blog and are familiar with our coffees, chances are you’ve had a chance to drink one of our favorites: the Siembra de Mujer. The Siembra de Mujeres comes from western Guatemala; specifically, it grows in a region known as Huehuetenango. Very rural and extremely mountainous, Huehue (as many nickname it) is known for producing some of the tastiest coffee in the [...]

Get to Know Us: Gabby Myrice

Gabby is an employee of Utopian Coffee, a recent graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, and an avid comic book connoisseur.  What was your first awesome experience with coffee? When I was in England I went to the London Coffee Festival with a friend who was much more acquainted with coffee than I was. There was a lot more technology than I ever [...]