Pergamino Coffee

The Colombian company sells beans directly from their farm to shorten the chain from field to cup

In 2012, the Pergamino coffee bar in the upscale El Poblado neighborhood of Medellín, Colombia was one of our favorite finds in this vibrant city. Now Pergamino is available in North America through their online store, making it possible to order freshly roasted coffee directly from their farm. The Echavarría family got into the coffee business almost 40 years ago when Pedro Echavarría bought a …

ArtBo + 43SNA: Humanity

Global compassionate connections found within various works at the recent Colombian art fairs

When planning a visit to Colombia to take in the vast amount of contemporary art works at Bogotá’s ArtBo and Medellín’s 43rd Salón (inter)Nacional de Artistas, instincts would predict a large presence of works around violence, drugs or political turmoil. But much like the country’s forward-thinking residents, the artists have jilted these now-stereotypical cultural issues and are instead focused on examining the nation’s place among …

Word of Mouth: Medellín

Soak up the vibrant energy of Sergio Fajardo's Colombian city

When mathematics professor Sergio Fajardo made a commitment to effect change in Antioquia, Colombia, he ran for office, became the mayor of Medellín and, eventually, the governor of Antioquia. In the 13 years since he took office, signs of transformation can be found in every part of the region. The campaign “Antioquia Las Mas Educada” has inspired the building of new libraries and greater access …