Spotlight On: The Kogi
Since July last year we’ve been running a series of events, each of which is intended to shine some light onto a misunderstood or under-appreciated aspect of the coffee industry.
I’m beyond excited that, later this month, we’ll be hosting Diana and Lorenzo of Kogi Coffee, who will open our eyes to an indigenous tribe growing coffee in relative isolation and obscurity, high in the mountains of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
The Kogi people are a tribal community who have inhabited their region since long before the Spanish arrived to conquer Colombia, and who’s spiritual connection to the earth is overseen by their elders, the Mamos.
Concerned about the development and mining initiatives that are encroaching on their homes, the Kogi have chosen to engage with the outside world, in an attempt to share their belief in sustainable agriculture and responsible farming.
In amongst the native trees that grow in their rainforest home, the Kogi cultivate and harvest a completely unique and wild coffee, and our guests work together with the tribe to promote and distribute this coffee throughout Australia.
“Growing coffee is not about clearing the bush and felling trees. Coffee should grow among other species in the forest while relating to other plants and food sources”
— Arregocés Coronado, Kogi leader
Guided by their spiritual elders, through their coffee production the Kogi seek to uphold their four key principles:
- Spiritual communication with Mother Earth and the ancestral fathers through ceremonial work
- The conservation of their natural resources
- The exclusive use of seeds found in the Sierra Nevada and the refusal to introduce new varietals
- The self management of production by the Kogi themselves
On April 27th we’ll be welcoming Diana and Lorenzo to Bureaux to share with us the story of the Kogi, and specifically how they’re using coffee production and export to raise awareness about the importance of environmental consciousness and responsibility.
And we’ll be serving coffee grown by the Kogi themselves.
Due to size constraints places are strictly limited, so get your tickets now and don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about a fascinating community producing some of the world’s most unique coffee.
Spotlight On: The Kogi
Thursday, April 27th
6:30pm — 9:30pm
29A Gwynne Street
Tickets via Eventbrite