our second home
Colombia has special place in our heart, because that is where The Coffee Quest started. Original founder Ronald de Hommel moved here in 2011, initially to work as a photojournalist, but soon fell in love with the Colombian landscapes and the specialty coffee culture. Over the next years he developed a full sourcing network and grow European distribution from The Netherlands. In collaboration with Stephen we have extended our reach to the United States East-Coast, offering a steady supply of Antioquia, Huila & Narino.
In Colombia, we’re a team of ten people working on increasing the quality from post-harvest to ready export product. To solve the last bottlenecks our supply chain, we opened the Medellin Mill in 2018. The first purely specialty coffee focused Micro Dry Mill in the department of Antioquia. In our facility in Medellin we are able to collect, check quality, mill, clean and package our coffees according to the highest standards possible. This include avoiding dust, noise and heavy lifting to improve working conditions. In Colombia we have year-round access to coffee by making smart use of the harvest seasons in each region. We work closely together with our producing partners, small to medium size farms ranging from 0,5 to 7 Hectares. On a daily basis we discuss production methods, fertilization, harvesting and post-harvest processing. As part of the operation we trained new cuppers and developed two buying stations together with local partners in Antioquia and Huila. These station allows us to provide quick payment and pay a price in relation to quality. Adding cup quality into the buying decision is new for smallholders in located near the buying stations.