CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (December 19, 2014) – 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 January 30.
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.
“Colombia is one of the top three coffee producing countries in the world, while the United States is the largest coffee consumer. It was a natural partnership to collaborate on this art exhibit because our two countries have such close ties when it comes to coffee,” says Joe Van Gogh owner Robbie Roberts.
“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.”
Joe Van Gogh roasts Café Perfecto coffee and markets it under the name El Socorro. It is available for purchase www.joevangogh.com
Joe Van Gogh Durham Address: 1104 B Broad Street Durham, NC 27705
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. As an estate grown coffee, Café Perfecto is grown in a tropical mountain climate at an ideal altitude to give the coffee its savory, bright taste with ‘bulliony’ notes. For more information, visit www.cafeperfecto.co or Facebook at www.facebook.com/cafeperfecto or Twitter at www.twitter.com/mycafeperfecto