Celebrating Colombian Coffee: An Artistic View of Farm to Cup by Edwin Gil

Closing Art Show | February 27 from 5-7pm 1104 Broad St | Durham We work closely with Edwin through Cafe Perfecto, to receive coffee from the El Socorro farm in Colombia, and are thrilled to have his upcycled mosaics at our Broad Street shop through the end of February. His art beautifully depicts the farm to cup coffee process while also relating each piece back to the El Socorro farm. Catch him at the closing reception Friday, February 27 from 5-7pm to learn more! 


Colombian artist Edwin Gil and business partner in Charlotte based Café Perfecto will have his art exhibit – Celebrating Colombian Coffee: An Artistic View of ‘Farm to Cup’ Through Upcycling – on display at Joe Van Gogh through February 27.

Gil, a Colombian native who uses discarded and recycled pieces of glass as his medium, created artwork that traces Café Perfecto’s journey from the El Socorro Family Farm where its grown to the coffee cup here in the United States. Thousands of mosaic-like pieces of glass were hand painted to give way to his 4’ X 4’ pieces that celebrate one of Colombia’s finest exports known throughout the world for quality and taste.

“Upcycling is the process of reusing discarded objects in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original,” says artist Edwin Gil. “The marriage of Upcycled art and coffee was seamless for me since both are very near and dear to my heart. I remember drinking my first cup of coffee when I was just a boy and believe this artistic expression that’s distinctly Colombian opened the doors to other creative outlets like working with my hands and ultimately becoming an artist.”

About Café Perfecto: Café Perfecto coffee is a single origin, Direct Trade Colombian coffee grown on the El Socorro Family Farm in the city of Amagá, Colombia nestled among the Andes Mountains in the state of Antioquia. The Cooperativa de Caficultores de Salgar (Coffee Grower Cooperative of Salgar) – a leading coffee farmer co-op in Antioquia – gave Café Perfecto coffee its latest cupping score of 92.4.