Our father Juan José Lopera has been growing coffee for 3 years. In 1972, Bernardo Lopera, his father, bought the first piece of land belonging to the Finca Linda Laja. The farm nestles between valleys and hills of Colombia's central mountain range in the northeast of the country and is mostly surrounded by virgin rain forest and other family farms. Its altitude goes form 1650 meters above the sea level to 2100. The preservation of the rain forest and water sources is very important to the Lopera family. That's why we don't just let it grow, but we have made it our mission to protect it. We plant the coffee plantations in imitation of the jungle in mixed and shady forests, which are designed according to the principles of permaculture. The coffee trees ripen excellently under the protective roof of the shady trees allowing the fruitful flavors in each cherry to expand and mature slowly,as they receive enough moisture to develop optimally and enjoy the temperate climate of Antioquia’s hills. The coffee that the Federacion of Coffee Farmers of Colombia harvests in this region is known for its quality and richness in flavor and, most is exported to foreign markets.
Also in the community of Santo Domingo, the region of Antioquia where the farm is located it is known among other farmers of the region as a model farm and the Lopera Family support many social projects the region as well as its workers with a conscious commitment towards improving the conditions of female workers.
Brought to you from the green mountain ranges of Santo Domingo Antioquia by Esteban, Daniel, Juan José and Don Bernardo Lopera, each cup of deliciously roasted coffee embodies our family values. We ensure, that our pursuit of social responsibility and sustainability in the communities and ecosystems our business supports the excellent quality we hope to bring to your every morning. Starting with our personal pledge to maintain the 10 hectares of rain forest on our own family farm "Lindalaja" and plant many more than the 350 trees we have already brought home, we also ensure fair wages for our workers and are working towards creating sustainable tourism in Santo Domingo together with our local allies. Esteban Lopera, our own coffee trainer teaches at the Berlin School of Coffee and has an enormous appetite for special and diverse flavours and aromas in coffee. With his background in Bioprocess engineering he spends a lot of time in Colombia experimenting on the farm with anaerobic processes and carbonic maceration besides classic washed and natural processes, we hope to bring out the most interesting flavours in coffee while maintaining clean and classical options that are true and tried. When the coffee arrives in Germany to be roasted, he first proceeds to carefully sample roasting and cupping them, to ensure the best flavors arrive in your cup. All of this is only possible due to our farm workers only picking the ripest coffee cherries and selecting only those that reach our quality standards, so take your Time, enjoy your cup and explore our projects.