By Maureen Post Special to Published Feb 19, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Whether related to environmental impact, artistic culture or social awareness, Milwaukee’s Alterra Coffee Roasters are constantly up to something. Tonight, they bring farmer to customer to localize sustainable farming practices with an event for Colombian coffee farmer Nelson Melo, owner of Finca Las Acacias.

Melo, who resides in Colombia with his family, visits Milwaukee today to see his coffee crop fully roasted and talk with Milwaukeeans about sustainable farming practices.

Thoroughly impressed by Melo’s farm, Alterra purchased Melo’s entire crop to offer an exclusive micro-lot coffee, "El Castillo." "El Castillo" is available for a limited time in bulk, exclusively to Alterra customers.

In a press release, Alterra coffee buyer George Bregar said, "We can’t say enough about the quality of this coffee -- citrus and jasmine aromas are followed by flavors suggesting malbec and melon. This will be the only time we can offer his coffee until we try next year’s harvest so this is definitely something you won’t want to miss."

Tonight, Alterra celebrates Melo’s visit with a special tasting at Alterra, 2211 N. Prospect Ave. Staff and ticket holders are invited to join for a tasting of "El Castillo" and to hear Melo speak about sustainable farming practices employed on his farm in Colombia.

Recently, Melo and Alterra were featured on The Discovery Channel show "How Stuff Works -- Coffee;" you can catch clips of the show at tonight’s event. 

Tickets are free with the purchase of Melo’s "El Castillo" at any Alterra location. Check out the Alterra Web site for details.

Maureen Post Special to staff writer Maureen Post grew up in Wauwatosa. A lover of international and urban culture, Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After living on the east side of Madison for several years, Maureen returned to Milwaukee in 2006.

After a brief stint of travel, Maureen joined as the city’s oldest intern and has been hooked ever since. Combining her three key infatuations, Milwaukee’s great music, incredible food and inspiring art (and yes, in that order), Maureen’s job just about fits her perfectly.

Residing in Bay View, Maureen vehemently believes the city can become fresh and new with a simple move across town.