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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (JUNE 17, 2014) – Café Perfecto, a single origin, Direct Trade Colombian coffee company, today announced it will partner with the Colombian Consulate of New York to sponsor artist Edwin Gil’s latest Upcycling exhibit Celebrating Colombian Coffee: An Artistic View of ‘Farm to Cup’ Through Upcycling. The opening will take place on Thursday, July 17 in advance of Colombia’s Independence Day from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Colombian Consulate of New York, 10 E 46th Street, New York, NY 10176. Gil, a Colombian native who uses discarded and recycled pieces of glass as his medium, will create pieces that trace 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 are hand painted, which will give way to 10 4’ X 4’ pieces that will hang in the Consulate through July 30.

“Colombia’s Independence Day is on July 20, so what better way to commemorate this upcoming special occasion than celebrating one of our finest exports that’s known throughout the world for its quality and taste,” says Mauricio Villegas, Gallery Coordinator, Colombian Consulate of New York City. “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.”

“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.”

“When we started Café Perfecto just last year, we knew that community involvement and good corporate citizenship were part and parcel to what we wanted to be,” says Café Perfecto, Partner & CMO. “By co-sponsoring this event, we were able to combine two of our loves – art and coffee – all while creating a fun event that honors the people of Colombia who work tirelessly to bring extraordinary tasting coffee to all of us here stateside.”

Light hors d’oeuvres and a signature Café Perfecto espresso martini will be served as part of the evening’s event. Speakers from the Colombian Consulate, Café Perfecto and Edwin Gil will give a brief overview of this collaborative effort.