History of



From Venezuela, the Jesuits on their evangelization journey introduce coffee, through the Colombian east to the south of Santander.


The journey of the Jesuits through the country continues, taking this grain to Popayán.


The first coffee plantations are recognized in Girón (Santander) and Muzo (Boyacá), two important towns in El Nuevo Reino de Granada due to their commercial activity and perfect climate for harvests.


Don Manuel de Londoño is seduced by the aroma and crops of this grain. For this reason, he takes seeds to Antioquia lands to decorate them from those trees.


The exquisiteness of a coffee planted in prosperous lands makes the first official export of this grain possible. Through the port of Maracaibo 2,592 bags of 60 kilograms were taken abroad.

1840 – 1900

As a penance, the priest Francisco Romero tells the villagers to plant coffee depending on their sins and thus the cultivation of this grain in Santander is expanded.

1875 – 1900

The excellent climatic conditions of Cundinamarca and Tolima caused coffee production to increase.

1880 – 1900

Las excelentes condiciones climáticas de Cundinamarca y Tolima hicieron que la producción de café aumentara.


A group of coffee growers founded the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (FNC) to develop and strengthen the coffee industry.


A guild of visionary entrepreneurs in the sector coffee growers create the Asociación Nacional de Exportadores de Café de Colombia (Asoexport) – National Association of Coffee Exporters of Colombia in order to promote and organize coffee exports.


Cenicafé is born as a scientific research center to develop better coffee varieties and practices of sustainable agriculture.


The Fondo Nacional del Café-National Coffee Fund is constituted as a parafiscal account nourished by coffee contributions to strengthen the sector and stabilize the income of coffee growers.


The Buencafé Freeze-dried factory is founded, which exports to dozens of countries and contributes to conquer new markets.


Cenicafé develops the Variedad Colombia, a more productive and rustresistant type of grain.


The Programa de Cafés Especiales-Special Coffee Program is established to identify, promote and develop the special coffees of Colombia that allow to enter this segment of the market.


Cenicafé develops the Variedad Castilla-Castilla variety, resistant both to coffee rust and coffee cherries disease. Moreover, it works on six additional varieties that increase the quality and productivity between 10% and 15%. In addition, coffee becomes the first Colombian product to formally receive a Denomination of Origin.


The Freeze-dried Coffee Factory expands for the fourth time and begins producing 11,000 tons of coffee annually, making it one of the largest specialty coffee industries. in the world.