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ABOUT Colombia Aponté's Guardians Coffee

Grown in the highlands of Nariño in Colombia’s southwest, this Colombian coffee has an incredible story behind it. This single origin coffee’s producers, the Inga Tribe (who are historical descendants of the Inca), lived in almost complete isolation for hundreds of years up until the latter half of the 19th century. Unfortunately, in the 1970’s, the rise of paramilitary groups, guerillas, and more took a toll on the Inga people as their land became more and more frequented by these groups. Eventually, the Colombian government agreed to fund the Inga’s effort to expel these groups from their ancestral lands. As a result, the Inga were able to recover over 22,000 hectares of territory. Following this, the Inga set aside nearly 18,000 hectares as a sacred area (officially classified as protected land) and developed a financially-sustainable governance model whereby they formed the Court of Indigenous People to further help reclaim indigenous lands. 

Today, Aponte has become very famous for their production of coffee, and most of all, for their honey processes which has brought many new opportunities to grow and preserve sacred Inga lands in the most ideal way possible. For the Inga, it is incredibly important to be "the Guardians 'of the Earth” which – as said by them – is the main reason for having good health and good family. We absolutely love their beautiful way of producing coffees with an emphasis on preserving the earth.

Since 2012, the Inga have been embroiled in an ongoing legal battle with a Canadian oil company that is seeking to expand its exploratory drilling program. While the Colombian government has sided with the Inga in one such legal dispute, they have largely denied the presence of the Inga in favor of allowing exploration and extraction of these exploratory drilling programs. Even in modern times, the Inga’s battle to protect their ancestral lands continues on. 

Despite this, Inga communities have developed exceptionally high standards for their honey processed coffees, which make up around 80% of all of their production while the other 20% are reserved for washed processing. Working in conjunction with  producers in the town of El Tablon-Aponte in Nariño, this wonderful coffee offering was named “Aponte’s Guardians” in honor of the relentless effort of the Inga tribe to preserve and take care of the earth, making them true guardians of the land.


Farm: Aponte
Region: Nariño
Process: Washed
Variety: Blend
Elevation: 1800-2200 masl

More Than An Online Store

The Press Coffee story begins in 2008 with Steve Kraus and wife Tram Mai who had a passion for great coffee. Not finding the quality they were looking for, they decided to start a specialty coffee shop of their own. Opening just months before the recession of 2008 Steve and his wife were tested from the very start.  Fortunately, their passion and commitment for making great coffee won the loyalty of their customers and kept them afloat. They were able to survive what was a difficult time for many much stronger and Press Coffee was born. 

Over 14 years and 9 valley locations later, Press Coffee has become an Arizona staple among specialty coffee enthusiasts while earning national recognition for their coffees. Although Press has evolved over the years, they have stayed true their beginnings: sourcing the best possible product, using only the best equipment, but most importantly finding team members that share the Press passion for amazing coffee. Remaining quality driven and community focused Press Coffee not only supports Arizona charities but the coffee farmers around the world supplying our passion.

We share our passion for specialty coffee by providing the highest quality coffee, service and knowledge with our customers and community every day. We roast our coffee Monday - Friday to ensure the freshest cup, whether you're in one of our cafes or your brewing coffee by PRESS at home.

Why Choose Press Coffee Roasters?

What is specialty coffee?

Specialty coffee is a category of coffee that is formally rated and scored at least 80 out of 100. Coffee is scored using a scaled that has been created by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) to establish specific desirable attributes within coffee. You’ll often hear the term “specialty coffee shop” which refers to a cafe that serves exclusively coffee that scores over 80pts.

How do I brew my coffee?

Every way to brew coffee can be a great way! We use a Chemex in our cafes, but there are more methods available than we could begin to mention on this FAQ. The keys to great coffee for any method are grinding fresh, using great water, and maintaining an ideal ratio of coffee to water.

Is your coffee fair trade?

With every coffee we purchase, we are committed to positively impacting the communities we work with on the social, economic, and environmental level. This includes supporting sustainable growing practices, paying fair prices, and sourcing through direct relationships. With every coffee we source, we are committed to improving the lives of smallholders farmers, combating climate change, and the preservation of heirloom coffee varieties.

Is your coffee organic?

We always aim to buy the best coffees available and establish long-term farming relationships. Often times these coffees are certified organic, although they are always coming from farms that have good farming practices. If a coffee is certified organic you will see that noted on the coffee’s page.

What is the roast level of your coffee?

We roast each coffee differently from each other to bring out the best qualities of each lot. Our coffees are a medium to light roast, which promotes more flavor from the beans.

What's the shelf life of coffee?

Coffee is an agricultural product at its core and, although coffee never spoils, its quality does diminish over time. We recommend using coffee within 60 days of its roast date, although we’ve had excellent cups of coffee upwards of 90 days.

What's the best way to store my coffee?

We typically recommend storing coffee in sealed Press coffee bags, in a cool, dark place like a cabinet. For larger quantities of coffee like our 5lb bags, you may choose to use an air-tight container to reduce oxidation and promote a longer shelf life.

When will my order ship?

All of our coffees are roasted to order. We roast, package, and ship coffees Monday - Friday. We typically roast on the 1st business day after and order is placed, package and ship on the 2nd. Ex. If you order on Tuesday, your coffee will be roasted Wednesday and shipped Thursday.

What is your return policy?

Because our coffee is a consumable product with a limited shelf life, we are unfortunately unable to accept returns or exchanges for online orders and subscriptions except under certain conditions such as:

- You received an incorrect item from what was ordered

- Your item was damaged in transit

If you received an incorrect item or your item was damaged in transit, please contact us by emailing with the following information:

Your Full Name, Your Order ID, An attached photo(s) of the item(s) received

Press Coffee customer support is available Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:00pm AZ MST. We kindly ask that you do not call our retail locations for assistance with an online order as online order fulfillment and customer support is managed by a separate team. Thank you.

Help? I have a problem with my order.

Please contact us. Our friendly customer support team is available to assist Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm AZ MST.

Coffee Farm

With every coffee we source, we are committed to improving the lives of smallholder farmers, combating climate change, and supporting the preservation of heirloom coffee varieties.

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We share our passion for specialty coffee by providing the highest quality coffee, service and knowledge with our customers and community every day. We roast our coffee Monday - Friday to ensure the freshest cup, whether you're in one of our cafes or your brewing coffee by PRESS at home.

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