In my first attempts to find organic labeling on
coffee I found that I was irritating the good
people of Manizales by suggesting that
somehow their coffee was not as good as it is.
Then I went to the movies at the new
Fundadores mall. And there it was, a Juan
Valdez coffee kiosk adjacent to the theater
boasting several varieties of naturally organic
coffee from Colombia and in this case coffee
labeled with the USDA seal.
Nevertheless, I also found virtually unlimited
brands of naturally organic Colombian coffee at
the Exito supermarket in the same mall.
That is where I first ran across the Arabica
brand, Aguila roja from Cali, sello rojo which is
my brother-in-law’s favorite, Café Quindia from
the Corazon of Colombia and many others.
And, of course, there is the issue of bringing
bags of coffee out of Colombia.
Fly out of Pereira or Bogotá and they will pin
prick your coffee so that both the dog and the
mechanical sniffer can check it out.
Leave from Manizales with your wife’s family
all around and the checkers are less likely to
insult the local folks by being overly intrusive
with your luggage or that of your wife.
For now, my supply of naturally organic
Colombian coffee is almost out so I will have to
do with Panama Mountain Grown Organic
coffee available here in Panama City, Panama
at the El Rey supermarket, naturally organic
coffee from Panama.
I am looking forward to next year and our trip to
see family in the Cafetero of Colombia.