The breathtaking mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast of Colombia are the sacred ancestral lands of four Indigenous Peoples: the Kogi, Arhuaco, Wiwa and Kankuamo. The direct decedents of an ancient civilization known as the Tayrona speak distinct languages but share the common belief that they are the guardians of the heart of the World.
At the core of the spirituality and cosmology of all the people of the Sierra Nevada is the belief that their entire mountain range is a living entity and before being created by the great mother Sezhankwa existed in the spiritual universe. The great mother then birthed the people of the Sierra Nevada and gave the mandate to uphold her Original Law: that all her creation must be protected and nurtured.
Through deep meditations, ritual offerings, songs and prayers carried out along a network of interconnected sacred sites that link the snowy peaks to the river deltas and estuaries to the Sea, the Kogi priests known as Mamos follow the great mother’s law of caring for and nurturing the Sierra Nevada. By doing so, they believe they maintain the equilibrium of life not only for their sacred mountains but for the entire world. They communicate with the spirits of all living things and incorporate their spiritual practices in their practical daily acts from cultivating their crops, to walking on trails and building traditional houses.
The Kogi are an ancestral indigenous community settled in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta who managed, after hard work led by the “Mamos” over 80 years ago, the recovery of the traditional territory of the hands of violent and removing illicit crops destroyed one of the most biodiverse in the world and richest mountain systems.
Today the community produces a special organic coffee that involve their ancestral spiritual practices and trees grow without any chemical, in the jungle, along with the other species native to the Sierra, giving the flavor, aroma and acidity that make it attractive in international markets.
The Kogi people is currently regarded as one of the most traditional people of Colombia and America and becomes an example for other communities, as it has led cultural and environmental conservation process of the territory and its culture, which today allows him to affirm that keeps more 90% of its traditions intact.
The Kogi, the Wiwa, Arhuaco and Kankuamo of the Sierra Nevada are working on both the physical and spiritual realms to protect and defend the sacred heart of the world. They are nurturing the life force of nature which in turn keeps them and all of the world alive in a continuous cycle of reciprocity. Their message could not be more timely or relevant to all of us.
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Café Kogi is unique.
There are numerous good reasons to drink it. Some of the best coffee roasters in Germany with numerous awards of the German Röstergilde have confirmed the excellent quality coffee beans. Café Kogi is more than just another coffee. Coffee with meaning. Each bean has been picked by hand with love. The Kogi people give nature as thanks for their gifts of small things, for them it is important that they not only accept, but also give. If you take something from nature, they give so much back that nature then is richer. Take some time to enjoy this cafe, maybe you will feel the special energy that old age coffee tree receives from the hands of the Kogi people.
“This program strengthen the physical and spiritual elements that are found in a cultural and environmental conservation of the land; ensuring the permanence and the strength of our culture given by disposition of the Law of the Nature.
We want to send a message to the world through our coffee brand , which is handled by our traditional practices. We want to said that it is important living in balance with the planet, and taking care of the relationship with our mother nature.”
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