Relationships and Sourcing
The Colombian heritage we share with our farmers provides for authentic relationships and the opportunity to source the best coffees possible. With some of these relationships spanning several decades, our team is committed to constant travel to and within the coffee landscape of Colombia, strengthening existing contacts with producers and always in search of new and interesting coffees.
Permanently working at the source is the key to maintaining these relationships, as it does away with the need for intermediaries that interrupt the quality of the supply chain and cut into farmers’ margins. In the process, we continue to uncover some of Colombia’s rarest coffees.
Each Karlacá coffee is a representation of the arduous work of each farmer, as well as the relationships we have fostered together. In an industry that is constantly facing economic, environmental, and systemic challenges, we are endlessly striving to improve our processes and are always taking greater steps to add more value at the source, putting a premium on relationships and quality above all else.
Finding a Great Coffee
To evaluate potential coffees, we use the internationally recognized “Q Coffee System.” Developed by the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI), this system is designed to rate coffees on ten unique but interdependent points, ranging from fragrance and acidity to sweetness and body.
Once a given coffee is singled out for use with Karlacá Coffee, we begin to cultivate a lasting symbiotic relationship with its grower. We typically re-visit farms during harvest and stage participative "cuppings at origin,” a special time for us and the farmer to enjoy the end product. We are able to ensure the ongoing excellence of our offerings by providing year-round feedback to growers from our Colombian-based roasting lab.
Rather than following commodity market standards, we award price premiums directly based on the quality of coffee in the cup. This composite effort creates a culture of continuous improvement and competition in our growers’ operations, letting us push the limits of flavor and aroma.