Single Origin LIke never before
Welcome to coffee the way it was meant to be. Magdalena is unlike other craft coffee brands available in the US, because each bag of beans is grown, processed, roasted, and packaged in the community of origin by the people and culture who know coffee best. We work in close partnership with our farmer, Leila, and support the indigenous coffee industry of the Sierra Nevada region. First, Magdalena coffee is grown and hand-harvested by Leila and her family in the mountain village of San Pedro de la Sierra. The coffee cherries are sun-dried for three weeks and then sent by horseback down the mountain to the local village roaster. From there, William, a descendant of the local Aruaco tribe, roasts the coffee using old-world techniques and flavor profiles. Just hours later, the coffee is sealed and shipped directly to the US, thereby bringing farmer, roaster, and consumer together through a celebration of the bean's culture and origin.
Breaking Down Barriers
As Leila will tell you: coffee is everything for her. She is passionate about producing excellent organic, shade-grown coffee. Born and raised on Finca la Trinidad in Santa Marta de Magdalena, one of the famed coffee growing regions of the world, Leila has been around coffee her entire life. In fact, her mother and father, Marco and Bertha, began cultivating the coffee crop after escaping drug violence in their homelands and arriving to the 11 acre farm in Santa Marta as migrants. They not only taught her the traditions of the region, but also the artisanal techniques of the family farm. And today, as a second generation grower, Leila still harvests from that very same crop. For 20 years, Leila and her family have been refining their techniques and improving the farm's production. Through direct partnership, Magdalena brings Leila's coffee and story to the United States for the first time ever.
William exclusively roasts in small batches, exercising an incredible attention to detail. Not all beans harvested get roasted, as William pours through the harvest by hand, selecting only the richest and fullest beans for each roast. He honors the land from which coffee is grown, bringing out earthy flavors, such as subtle notes of chocolate and nuts.
High in the Mountains
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is an isolated mountain range that runs through Northern Colombia. At its peak, the mountain range reaches 18,700 ft in altitude, and the Sierra Nevada is one of the world's highest coastal ranges, located just 26 miles from the Caribbean coast. The closest major city is Santa Marta, which is known for its beautiful beaches and culture of music.
The region is known to have some of the richest biodiversity in the world. Its rainforest consists of perennial trees with a canopy reaching as high as 130 ft.
Magdalena Coffee is grown in the mountainside village of San Pedro de la Sierra at an elevation of ~4,000 ft. The altitude and rich biodiversity enhances the crops lushness and crisp flavor.