Our origins

 

Sierra Nevada De Santa marta, Colombia

ASOPROKAN is a coffee cooperative in Colombia formed by members of the Kankuamo indigenous community, situated along the country’s Caribbean and northern coast. Seeking a means to strengthen their coffee production without jeopardizing their unique culture or identity, and recognizing individuals’ skills and potential, the group united as the Asociacion de Productores Agroecológicos Indígenas Kankuamos de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, or ASOPROKAN, in 2008.  The tight knit community has a strong cultural identity with unique language, traditions and spiritual beliefs.  The region has been subject to extreme conflict from leftist and right wing groups during decades of political instability given the isolation of the terrain.  The indigenous community has been successful in protecting their culture and raising awareness for land conservation and indigenous rights, however, are threatened by narco based violence, assimilation, and encroaching development.  Just like the majority of Colombia's indigenous groups the Kankuamo are a highly spiritual people who pay great reverence to the forces of nature. They are guided by the law of origin or ‘ley de origen' which they regard as being the traditional ancestral science of wisdom and knowledge which manages all that is material and spiritual. The adherence to this law is what guarantees the order and permanence of life, of the universe, and the Kankuamo as an indigenous people. 

The coffee is grown on the slopes of  the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains by 150 families on 3 hector plots.  ASOPROKAN has made a commitment to organic growing practices and are a certified organic producer!  The Coop manages a wet processing mill in the town of Atanquez in the Department of Cesar.  After washed, the beans are sun dried on patios and bagged for shipment through Fair Trade importers.   
 

  • Cupping Notes:  Chocolate, Hazelnut, Earthy
  • Roast: Medium
  • Location: Town of Atanquez, in the department of Cesar
  • Altitude: Approximately 1,200 masl
  • Varieties: Typica and Catsillo
  • Process: Fully Washed
  • Drying: Sun Dried on Patios
  • Harvest: October-February
  • Certification:  Fair Trade, USDA Organic

We believe in sourcing High quality local ingredients.

 

Hidden Springs Maple  Putney, VT

                                          Peter Cooper-Ellis : Our Maple Farmer!

                                        Peter Cooper-Ellis : Our Maple Farmer!

When developing our savory, maple infused cold brew, we Tapped into our New England roots and looked no further than the great state of Vermont!  Known for the best maple syrup in the world, and strong local community, Vermonters know how to craft high quality food. 

Hidden Springs Maple is a family owned, organic certified farm located in Putney, Vermont.  The sugar bush spans over 100 acres of rolling hills with over 25,000 tapped trees.  Three pump houses and one sugar shack draw the sap from the hill side and turn it into syrup and maple sugar.

Peter and his brother started making syrup over 50 years ago using horse drawn wagons and boiling in a sugar shack till used today.  Selling to the local grocery store as kids, they were hooked on the maple business.  The business has grown to a regional staple with a state of the art processing line and beautiful open beam store, where all things maple can be found.  The people are as warm as the wood stove, and are happy to talk maple all day long.  We're proud to work with such a great local farm.  Check them out at https://www.hiddenspringsmaple.com 

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Local Honey from THE BEST BEES!  Boston, MA

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We partnered with Best Bees Company’s based right here in Boston to perfect our Summer Seasonal BUZZED!  Best Bees founded with the mission to expand the honey bee population whilst improving the overall health and safety of bees nationwide.  Their team of beekeepers brings a scientific know-how and environmental enthusiasm to the work of connecting their clients with the benefits of beekeeping. They even created proprietary software allows them to track data on every hive visit making their approach to beekeeping the new gold standard.

The Best Bees Company began in earnest as a means to raise funding for scientific research to improve honey bee health, extending their beekeeping services to hundreds of clients throughout southern New England, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, they are doing just that!  

FUN FACT:  By gene sequencing the pollen DNA from each honey sample, Best Bees tells us exactly where our bees foraged to make our honey.  Tree to bee to cup!  Grab our Summer Seasonal Buzzed infused with local, traceable honey, for the perfect cup!

 

Check them out @ www.bestbees.com!