How we met?
Our relationship with Juan Saldarriaga goes back to London Coffee Festival 2018, when we launched a project called Artist Series. We were looking for a fresh coffee to showcase for our first ever stand at the festival. We wanted to find a coffee that was extremely fresh and in season, two qualities that are very much at the heart of our approach to coffee. LCF is (usually) in April, which is a challenging time of year to find fresh in season coffees, so Colombian coffee was an obvious choice for us. On top of that we wanted something that was wildly different, something that really jumped out. That was when we heard about Juan Saldariagga and the interesting ways he was producing natural process coffees. Instead of using raised beds he was using a cold drier, the same machines typically used to dry fruit; raisins, apricots or prunes. Juan’s cold dried natural was very elegant and clean and we were instantly impressed, we knew we’d found a fantastic coffee. So we purchased the coffee, launched it at LCF and it was a huge success for us. A week later I went to do a cupping in Oslo hosted by Nordic Approach,