What Colombian Artisan Coffee does
We source green coffee from 20 farmers in Antioquia, and work with coffee roasting companies in the UK and Ireland, buying coffee from rural farming communities in a part of Latin America which is economically under-developed and until recently the region has been affected by internal conflict.
Colombian Artisan Coffee is a privately owned company, which prepares and exports Colombian-grown, green Arabica coffee beans. It is owned and operated by Diana Shanks, Brian Shanks and Jeremy McGahan.
Diana is an IT Professional and has been working in Development for Latin America and the Caribbean. Diana is from San Roque, which is a town and municipality in the Antioquia region, located in the central Andes of Colombia, where the conditions are perfect for producing high-quality Arabica beans. There are 20 coffee growers from San Roque including 3 of Diana´s brothers who are currently working together to grow better coffee in the region; the growers have committed to attaining the highest quality standards possible to revitalize the coffee culture.
Brian originated the idea to export and gain access to international markets for the Coffee farmers. His background is in Financial Technology with a strategic view on the business. He would be the main point of contact for our UK and Irish clients Jeremy has a wealth of experience in business and coffee trading, he also graduated from Oxford University with Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Modern languages. They started this venture in the summer of 2016.
Our project also benefits the development of the local community and it is promoting Direct Coffee Trade.
Our way of working
We operate a collaborative supply chain. This involves all of the suppliers, intermediaries and buyers acting as a community, to harness the strength of their combined production, access to international markets and connection with the consumers in Europe who have a requirement for high quality, sustainable products. We have a very close connection to the growers themselves and to the specialists who process the crops and take care of the milling and export. We nurture our local knowledge and cultural ties to the community we serve in Colombia and our goal is to make this remote area of Latin America a beacon of economic success. Our marketing in the UK and Ireland creates access to credit, which allows us to pre-purchase some of the crop. In addition, we set aside part of our profit to help to fund local agricultural training and educational projects.
We believe that by connecting the parts of the chain in this way, we can improve the lot of our farmers and their local economy, while also delivering superb produce to the consumer in Europe. Coffee farmers often operate in small remote communities and have limited access to resources which can help their work and families to flourish. Our aim is to generate higher incomes and investment in this area and to counteract the effects of globalization and commoditisation.
We like our buyers to know as much as possible about the farmers who produce their daily beans- the hardships they face and the care they give to their trade. We are happy to show the price given to the farmers and to demonstrate that it is above any competing offer at all times, to reflect the quality and premium nature of their production.
We know all the people involved in our supply chain and can vouch for their integrity and transparency. Production and delivery problems may sometimes arise, but if everyone is informed about them, they can be surmounted without sacrificing any of our values.