Something new is brewing at Sisters Coffee Company, a distinct medium body “Campo Amor” Colombian coffee, hand-selected from the green mountains of South America by the owners themselves. Director of Operations Jesse Durham detailed the journey to obtain this fine coffee and its savory farm-to-cup quest.
“Over the past year and half, we’ve had the wonderful opportunity to come into contact and befriend some coffee farm owners from Fredonia, in the region of Antioquia, Colombia,” Durham said. “Jack and Maria Cristina Escobar, an older couple, began to frequent our Portland Pearl Café in 2012, and eventually became good friends with my brother Jared, who worked the coffee bar.”
In March 2013, the Escobars invited the Durhams down to their farm in Colombia, where they lived six months out of the year. They had been selling their coffee on the domestic market in Colombia, but had recently acquired their full export license, and were very enthusiastic to export their coffees to the United States.
“My brother and I giddily accepted the opportunity. I had been to Colombia once before, when I was twenty, and have always been very eager to establish a direct trade relationship in Colombia.”
Upon their arrival to Medellin, Jack and Maria picked them up in their ranch truck and they traveled two hours to Fredonia, where the Escobar clan owns five farms in the area.
“Their house is situated on the side of a steep mountain at 4500 feet above sea level. The view of Colombian mountain ranges looking to the south is endless. We were in the heart of one of the most prolific coffee producing countries in the world. Over the course of a week we were able to cup (taste) a variety of coffees they were growing on their well-organized Oromolido Farms. Jack and Maria employ a fulltime agronomist along with a fulltime Q Grader (professional coffee cupper). The entire impetus of their farms is hinged on producing quality coffees.”
The result is a fine, medium-bodied roast with fruity, watermelon aromas and caramel flavors leading to a clean pronounced finish.
“We had a very memorable, adventurous trip. After our return we were able to work out a price for the coffee that works for them and works for Sisters Coffee, and we were able to purchase our favorite coffees that we tasted on that trip, and are now offering them on our shelves as of this past fall. This relationship has been a huge milestone in our green bean buying program and it’s one that we hope to cultivate and nurture for years to come.”
Sisters Coffee Company is located at 237 W. Hood Ave. in Sisters.