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DEC 2018 - JAN 2019

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Clockwise from top left: In Bogotá, the group spent an evening at the fl agship Juan Valdez Café with 2018 Colombian Barista Champion Ronald Valero. Ronald answered questions from the group about coffee in his home country, and provided an exciting tour through the café, which is considered a large-format urban work of art. Opened in 2016, the café is decorated with images that narrate the story of the Arhuaco community in Nabusimake, one of the most representative indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada region's coffee culture, with stories painted on the walls in both Spanish and Wiwa, which is the native language of the Arhuacos. At twilight one evening, the group walked through Bogotá's Capital District to San Alberto Coffee Temple, where the fertilizer company Yara gave a presentation about the awards program they organize for small producers. Group photo in front of the charming farmhouse at Café El Obraje, where the champs spent a night. While visiting Rodrigo and Claudia Sanchez's award-winning Monteblanco farm in Acevedo along with our exporter hosts from Clear Path, the champs took part in an epic coffee-picking challenge. Pictured here hard at work (wink) are, from left, Angela Ferrara (Barista League U.S.A. Tour winner); Bruno Borges of Ally; Cassie Ash (Barista League U.S.A. Tour winner); and Ricardo Pereira of Ally. After a day touring Café El Obraje, the Ally Champ Trip attendees cupped at the dining room table of the farmhouse through the spectacular small lots on offer—including a very special natural Gesha—at Obraje owner Pablo Andrés Guerrero's farm.. 43

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