When things get hard, humans find comfort in things that are familiar to them. Sometimes you eat an entire box of mac and cheese while watching reruns of Will and Grace. Or sometimes you drink too many wine coolers and call your ex to tell them “all the things you meant to say but never could”. At Populace, we always find comfort in roasting, brewing, and drinking single-farmer, microlot coffees from Colombia.
We have had this coffee from “Cup of Excellence” award-winning producer Arnulfo Leguizamo before and could not resist the opportunity to have it back on our menu. It is a fully washed, Castillo variety coffee grown at 1840 MASL at Finca La Primavera. While it is extremely approachable and comforting coffee with notes of sweet milk chocolate and a savory nuttiness, don’t let that lower elevation fool you, we are also tasting more delicate lime and green apple flavors.
Arnulfo Leguizamo is who every cafetero in Colombia should aspire to be: As a member of Asociación Los Naranjos, he is a leader in his community and supports his fellow farmers in their efforts to improve their quality. In 2011, he won the first prize at the Cup of Excellence with coffee from this farm. An unprecedented price of $45/lb was paid for the Cup of Excellence–winning coffee. He continues to be a hard-working, approachable, and generous producer, and an inspiration to others—including his son Diego, who has started managing Finca El Faldon alongside his father. Diego has trained up as a cupper and seeks to be in charge of operations in the future, a multigenerational coffee family.
Recently, Arnulfo has become even more of an innovator and leader in his community, by opening a café.