"It's a Berry! It's a grape! It's a cherry! IT IS SUPERRRR....oh, hold on a second, it's just coffee" As a matter of fact, those are coffee beans!
But where do Kafétero coffee beans come from?
Coffee is cultivated, grown and harvested in many places around the world but the biodiversity, different altitudes and environmental factors of Colombia give to it the aroma and flavor that is recognized worldwide as the best coffee.
Colombian coffee came into history centuries ago. It arrived initially to Venezuelan coasts through ships and was eventually transported into Colombia to Santander region, where it settled for a little while, and a priest (Mr. Francisco Romero) would order people to plant coffee plants as penance for their sins. Therefore, it grew pretty rapidly (that is quite funny) to a point where it would be able to sell in vast amounts.
When the 1000 days war (3 years of civil war for political reasons) happened, cafeteros (coffee farmers) were forced to look for safer areas. Cafeteros relocated around the mountains for better quality coffee beans. Extending towards the western mountains, until our cafeteros and ancestors (the grandfather of Mr. Jose Urrego) reached the world-wide known spot as the coffee triangle aka "Eje Cafetero" and Antioquia. Realizing that coffee taste and aroma was even better in these regions and it did not take long for the whole world to notice it as well.
When commerce peaked to its highest many foreign companies started investing in coffee plantations in Colombia. But to cut cost on the coffee plant maintenance, they introduced a coffee plant variation that was tougher and would tolerate more climate variations and pests, but the quality of the bean was not high "Robusta".
The foreign companies realized that coffee lovers prefer a higher quality of the coffee bean. A higher quality coffee bean will taste better and have a pleasant aroma without roasting it a lot. Foreign companies and farmers alike started introducing specialty coffee; a rare and delicate variation of coffee that gives different tastes, aroma, and after-tastes which are unique and exciting for many people across the world.
That was when now a grandfather himself Mr. Jose Urrego, started to manage the coffee business within Colombian providers. After his passing, Mr. Jose left 12 children; six sons and six daughters. Two of his sons Georges and Cristobal began to help and harvest along their children. Meanwhile, one of Mr. Jose's daughters, Bernardina Urrego (sixth generation and the first woman managing the business) began to import the coffee to Canada. Bernardina named the coffee "Kafetero" to honor all the cafeteros and ancestors in the country and family. Cafetero with a K represents her love towards her two daughters Katherine and Karen. Who are now learning from her to manage the business, and become the seventh generation of coffee farmers in the family (a little more than 500 years in the coffee family).
That is commitment with a K
commitment to your health, the health of the people important to you, and the health of the planet.
Always Organic, Kafetero.