Café Tío Conejo

What is "Tío Conejo"?

Tío Conejo Specialty Coffee is a coffee farm, producer and importer of high-end Colombian coffees. Located near Manizales, Colombia, they are a family in the most beautiful sense of the word. “Tio Conejo” means “Uncle Rabbit” in Spanish – a local children’s folktale character symbolizing the tenacity and resilience of coffee growers. Their farm and export relationships are focused on empowering disadvantaged coffee growers by providing access to the specialty coffee market and supporting sustainable changes to Colombia’s very conventional coffee production culture.

Regional Info

Tio Conejo represents several farms, however their family farm is located near Manizales, Colombia in the Andean mountains of the Caldas Department. Caldas is an interior region of lush valleys and mountains, accessible more easily by plane than land. Almost every industry in this region is related to coffee production and nearly every mountainside is dedicated to the coffee plants.

Sustainability Efforts

The good people of Tio Conejo have dedicated their company to rebuilding sustainable coffee production in Colombia. They have set specific social, environmental and economic goals to further this mission for themselves and the farmers they work with from other regions. By incorporating environmental tourism into their business model, they have helped generate additional revenue while demonstrating their efforts in practice for those wishing to learn more or simply enjoy the nature they have restored on their farm.

Maps of Caldas, Colombia with flag and Tío Conejo ("Uncle Rabbit")

What is "Tío Conejo"?

Tío Conejo Specialty Coffee is a coffee farm, producer and importer of high-end Colombian coffees. Located near Manizales, Colombia, they are a family in the most beautiful sense of the word. “Tio Conejo” means “Uncle Rabbit” in Spanish – a local children’s folktale character symbolizing the tenacity and resilience of coffee growers. Their farm and export relationships are focused on empowering disadvantaged coffee growers by providing access to the specialty coffee market and supporting sustainable changes to Colombia’s very conventional coffee production culture.

Maps of Caldas, Colombia with flag and Tío Conejo ("Uncle Rabbit")
Tío Conejo - Uncle Rabbit

Regional Info

Tio Conejo represents several farms, however their family farm is located near Manizales, Colombia in the Andean mountains of the Caldas Department. Caldas is an interior region of lush valleys and mountains, accessible more easily by plane than land. Almost every industry in this region is related to coffee production and nearly every mountainside is dedicated to the coffee plants.

Sustainability Efforts

The good people of Tio Conejo have dedicated their company to rebuilding sustainable coffee production in Colombia. They have set specific social, environmental and economic goals to further this mission for themselves and the farmers they work with from other regions. By incorporating environmental tourism into their business model, they have helped generate additional revenue while demonstrating their efforts in practice for those wishing to learn more or simply enjoy the nature they have restored on their farm.

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Love and Happiness

Colombian people face many challenges in their country for a variety of complex historical, political and economic reasons. However, despite these challenges, Colombians often have an extraordinary spirit of optimism, positivity and resilience in their daily lives.

The folks of Tio Conejo demonstrate this spirit throughout their work in specialty coffee, seeking to share their love and compassion through their unique coffees and the humanitarian mission of their business.

Environmental Care

“Altos del Tio Conejo” is a magical farm settled on a mountainside patch of the Caldas Valley. This farm has been restored from intensive mono-culture farming, commonly found throughout Colombia.

Mono-culture agriculture is one of the most significant problems facing tropical agriculture industries, as it requires clearcutting natural habitats to maintain intensively managed crops. It often requires heavy pesticide and herbicide use, which has destroyed soil biomes globally and polluted the water sources that are foundational to ecosystem health.

Tio Conejo’s farm has restored much of their natural habitat, using agroforestry practices to grow their coffee among native plant and animal species.

Tío Conejo farm landscape
Tío Conejo, natural steps

Social Impacts

But it wasn’t the coffee quality or their environmental practices alone that inspired us to work with Tio. Their efforts to support and improve life for their colleagues, farm partners and clients make a real difference in their community.

Tio Conejo seeks out farmers who have significant disadvantages in the Colombian coffee industry. They partner with female, LGBTQ, impoverished, or otherwise marginalized folks to support and empower through their coffee business. This work takes some courage as it’s fraught with enormous cultural and economic barriers present in Colombian culture.

We are proud to share these values with Tio Conejo. By purchasing Tio Conejo coffee, we hope to amplify the impact both of our companies make on our world through the human beings we touch along the way.

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