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In 2016, Jean Trinh opened Alquímico in Cartagena with a team of five. How it’s grown – it now has a staff of 60 and occupies the whole of a colonial-era mansion. The bar is split over three floors, each with a different concept, but sharing a high-energy atmosphere. It offers cocktails highlighting local ingredients with music provided by DJs playing modern mixes of eclectic sounds. In the midst of the pandemic, Trinh made the decision to move the staff to a farm in Filandia, 800km away. At the farm, the team has built a new home and started growing organic fruits, herbs, sugarcane and speciality coffee. If that wasn’t enough, the team has been planting trees as part of a reforestation project, with the aim of helping Colombia rebound from this devasting situation. The ambitious farm project will continue to run as operations resume in Cartagena, as a way of supplying Alquímico with fresh organic ingredients. It is awarded the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award 2020.