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Exceptional coffee starts at the farm

PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. is honored and delighted to announce that we are hosting specialty coffee producer Armando Benavides of Finca Santa Maria, a Direct Trade partner from Colombia. Benavides will be at our two retail cafés on Monday, April 6th, where he will discuss Colombian coffee production and the pursuit of his dream-turned-reality: growing and processing some of the best coffees in the world. We encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet the Producer and hear his story. Catch Armando and our crew on Monday, April 6th at any of the following times:

  • For coffee professionals and those who work in the industry, join us at 10:00 a.m. at PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. located at 929 SW University Blvd, Suite 2704-D2, Topeka, KS.
  • For Topeka’s specialty coffee lovers: 2:30 p.m. at PT’s College Hill located at 1625 SW Washburn Ave, Topeka, KS
  • For Kansas City’s specialty coffee lovers: 6:00 p.m. at PT’s at the Crossroads located at 310 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Colombia Finca Santa Maria

We believe that exceptional coffee starts its journey at the farm which is one of the many reasons why we are committed to Direct Trade partnerships. Owner Jeff Taylor notes that “truly great coffee has to start with truly great farmers – those whose interests are in making and collaborating to produce the best coffee possible. We seek out the best producers in the world to be our partners and value these relationships.” Armando Benavides is one of these respected partners.

Finca Santa Maria has been growing coffee for almost 40 years with Armando leading the efforts since the early 1990s when he purchased the farm. Located high in the mountains of the Nariño region of Colombia, the farm benefits from a high elevation of almost 1900 meters and rich, volcanic soils. Sustainable farming techniques and soil conservation initiatives have produced amazing results for their Caturra variety and the farm has become a role model for sustainable agriculture and regional management practices in Colombia. In the spring of 2013, bandits raided the farm, leaving Benavides and his family with the possibility of losing their entire harvest. With help from PT’s Coffee and all those generous enough to donate to the fundraising efforts, Armando was able to rebuild and continues to produce excellent coffee to this day. Learn more about Finca Santa Maria in this video.

We look forward to hosting Armando and hope that you will join us in welcoming him. Until then, go forth and drink great coffee!

 

 

 

 

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