San Alberto

San Alberto coffee is the result of the hard work of a family of traditional coffee growers who have undertaken their most ambitious project; to offer a luxury coffee.

A blessed soil

San Alberto’s flavor is intimately linked with San Alberto estate, a blessed soil that provides a very characteristic flavor with unique identity.

An indescribable flavor

A coffee with luscious, sweet aromatic notes, reminiscent of caramel and mellow dark chocolate, notable for its delicate fruit-like acidity and harmonious balance, which yields a distinctive and elegant carácter on the palate.

Five step selection process

Five labor-intensive selections seeking that only the best beans and best tastes of each harvest become part of San Alberto Coffee.

Selection on the tree

Coffee cherries are harvested at their ripest, followed by density sorting (by flotation).

Selection of the cherry

Cherries are hand-selected and those that are green, overripe or defective are discarded.

Selection of the wet parchment coffee

The process of hand-selection of the wet parchment coffee guarantees that only healthy, top-quality beans become part of the drying process Selection of the green beans

Selection of the green beans

Selection of the beans according to size, weight and color during the threshing process.

Selection by cupping

Selection through coffee cupping guarantees that the batch to be roasted is an accurate representation of the attributes and characteristics of San Alberto coffee.

Our signature process, the five step selection process guarantees great consistency and unparalleled flavor.

Five labor-intensive selections seeking that only the best beans and best tastes of each harvest become part of San Alberto Coffee.

The art of assemblage

After each harvest our master coffee cupper artistically blends the flavors of the varietals cultivated at our estate, creating a whimsical new flavor.

An award to a unique flavor

The most expert palates have awarded San Alberto coffee for its amazing flavor. San Alberto is Colombia’s most award winning coffee.

Our history

Como reconocimiento a nuestra incansable pasión, a nuestra rigurosidad en todos los procesos y a ese privilegio que nos ha brindado la naturaleza, se nos ha reconocido de forma irrestricta por los más selectos baristas de la escena mundial.

1972

Gustavo Leyva Monroy acquires the Hacienda La Alsacia and changes its name to Hacienda San Alberto to honor his son Gustavo Alberto, who passed in a fatal plane accident.

1976

Gustavo buys the house adjacent to the Hacienda and turned it into the main household of the Hacienda.

1985

Gustavo dies in an accident on the road from Hacienda San Alberto to Armenia. His wife Melba takes charge of the property.

1990

Looking to increase production, Hacienda San Alberto acquires the neighboring estate La Ponderosa, which includes the highest lands of the property, between 1,700 and 1,800 meters above sea level.

1995

Se extiende la propiedad anexando el lote más alto, La Ponderosa.

1996

Olga, the eldest daughter, together with her husband Eduardo adquiere total control of the property. They initiate a big transformation of the estate.

1997

The renovation of the main house and the production facilities takes place.

2005

This year the transformation of the Hacienda is accomplished, led by the vision of Eduardo Villota.

2006

After ten years of dedicated work with a commitment towards quality, the environment and the workers Hacienda San Alberto obtains the UTZ certification.

2007

Creation of Grupo Kallpasapa (San Alberto Coffee) by the children of Olga and Eduardo.

2008

The neighboring farm El Paraiso is added to San Alberto estate.

2009

Opening of San Alberto Terrace (Buenavista, Quindío) and the quality laboratory.

2010

La Hacienda receives the Rain Forest Alliance certification for its sustainable agricultural practices.

2010

The first export becomes a reality, its destination South Korea.

2011

Café San Alberto is recognized internationally in Russia as the first Colombian coffee to obtain the Gold Medal as Product of the Year at the Moscow Food Fair.

2012

San Alberto is the first Colombian coffee to receive the iTQi Crystal Taste Award after three consecutive years winning the maximum award. That same year receives the Monde Selection Gold Award in Bordeaux.

2014

San Alberto is the first Colombian coffee to receive the iTQi Crystal Taste Award after three consecutive years winning the maximum award. That same year receives the Monde Selection Gold Award in Bordeaux..

2015

San Alberto opens another coffee shop in this beautiful historic center of Cartagena. A place to savor the effort carried out at Hacienda San Alberto.

2017

Café San Alberto has been chosen as Colombia's most exotic coffee amidst the Land of Diversity quality competition.

2018

San Alberto opens its second store in Bogotá, located in Usaquen.