PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: THE ORTEGA GOMEZ FAMILY
In an in-depth interview with two members of this insightful and experienced Colombian coffee producing family, we discuss topics including their history in coffee, the importance of relationships, the value of quality, and the need for transparency.
WHAT PATH FORWARD?
Semilla (f. seed) is what lies dormant, waiting to emerge.
Specialty coffee emerged two decades ago with the goal of not only securing quality raw material but also of changing an outdated and convoluted buying system.
Today, change has still not truly arrived. Improvement has been seen, but many problems still remain, some worse than ever.
Semilla is an online platform of ideas for and about change. Primarily a source for well-researched, thoughtful and objective analysis of the specialty coffee industry, its fundamental aim is how we can better centre coffee producers in the value stream. You'll find in-depth articles and interviews on our blog covering a variety of topics from the supply side of coffee production.
In conjunction with this work in discussing and raising awareness of issues along the value chain, Semilla aims to advocate and support a select group of producers via the importation and sale of their coffees. The goal here is not simply to buy the best lots and sell them, but rather to commit to specific groups who lack market access with a long term vision of not only building their client base but also lending support in the form of physical infrastructure and skill building. More information will be posted soon on our Green Coffee page, but in the meantime reach out with any questions you may have.
Semilla is where we an imagine a new future, and work to see it being born.