WHO IS BEHIND NULLDIEBOHNE?
I am Natalie.
Someone who likes to immerse herself in other cultures and get to know the country and its people. Colombia fascinates me as much as coffee. I spent several months with the coffee farmers from CAFÉ COMAM and was able to learn a lot about coffee.
HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?
I studied International Development and Environmental and Bioresource Management and started working in Vienna. I have been interested in sustainable agriculture for a long time, buying my food directly from farmers or through a foodcoop. But when it came to coffee, I knew zero about it….
… A YEAR OFF. A YEAR IN COLOMBIA? (Early 2019)
At some point, the time came, I took some time off. A year of Sabatical. And so I ended up in Colombia, the land of coffee. Tropical Colombia fascinated me and I was curious to learn more about coffee. „talking brings people together“ – and that’s how it was. Through contacts, I set off on a journey to the western highlands of Colombia – where the Choco begins, the dangerous Colombia. Fortunately, the journey didn’t go that far, as I reached the last corner of Valle del Cauca. The colourful village of El Cairo. Here everything revolves around coffee. The bright coffee beans are dried on the main square, a willy keeps rolling by packed with coffee sacks, and the mountains of coffee beans pile up in small shops.
I got to know the environmental organisation Serraniagua and drank excellent CAFÉ COMAM in their Café Cultural. That’s how I got into conversation with Cesar, the founder of Serraniagua. He himself is also a coffee farmer and his coffee beans are also in the really excellent tasting CAFÉ COMAM from time to time. It was the open and warm-hearted people who made it possible for me to visit fincas and learn more about coffee. And so the idea was born to bring this special CAFÉ COMAM to Austria. For my way back home I stuffed my backpack full and added an extra piece of luggage with coffee and hammocks. The response was impressive. Everyone wanted more CAFÉ COMAM and so I set off for Colombia once again to start a real export.
THE JOURNEY TO COFFEE (2019/2020).
The time had come. I wanted to learn all about coffee and spend a longer time in El Cairo. There I worked closely with Serraniagua, got to know many coffee farmers, worked on various fincas and acquired a lot of knowledge about coffee from the plant to the cup. This is how I realised my first export of CAFÉ COMAM, a manageable 320 kilos.
Despite the pandemic, the coffee was soon sold out and I was already working on the next export. A thought became reality. Honest and excellent CAFÉ COMAM is now also available in Austria. Over coffee, I invite you to get to know delicious CAFÉ COMAM, the cafeteros and their stories behind it. Because you have to have a cup of coffee for breakfast, but actually, most of us know zero (nulldiebohne) about it….