Meet our

Coffee farmers

FINCA CORINTO
Jaime & Mauricio Gonzalez

Finca Corinto is a family enterprise run by Jaime and his son Mauricio Gonzalez who have been committed to preserve and improve the local coffee tradition for over 30 years. The farm is located in Caicedonia at the foothill of the Cordillera Central at 1600 meters above sea level, where a balanced climate and rich volcanic ash soil make for ideal coffee growing conditions.

 

With great dedication, hard work and the help of their long-standing administrator Orley they have been growing coffee on their 35 hectares of farmland for decades.

SUSTAINABLE

Finca Corinto is on a constant quest to develop sustainable agricultural techniques: in order to avoid contamination of the water sources and to reduce water consumption, new technologies such as Belcosub have been adopted. In addition, home-grown fungi are used for integrated pest control, and bacteria and yeasts are used for the production of organic matter.

"Coffee is my passion and I hope you will enjoy our work" Mauricio

Finca Corinto is on a constant quest to develop sustainable agricultural techniques: in order to avoid contamination of the water sources and to reduce water consumption, new technologies such as Belcosub have been adopted. In addition, home-grown fungi are used for integrated pest control, and bacteria and yeasts are used for the production of organic matter.

AN ELEGANT AND BALANCED cup

Finca Corinto is on a constant quest to develop sustainable agricultural techniques: in order to avoid contamination of the water sources and to reduce water consumption, new technologies such as Belcosub have been adopted. In addition, home-grown fungi are used for integrated pest control, and bacteria and yeasts are used for the production of organic matter.

...if you want to support them, buy your coffee here!

FINCA ESMERALDA
Cesar Huesaquillo, Buenavista, Quindío

The young coffee farmer Cesar Huesaquillo owns just twelve hectares on his "Finca Esmeralda" in Buena Vista, where the coffee grows between local oaks and balsa trees on steep slopes.

Quindío -
Land of a new beginnings
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18 years ago, Cesar's father bought the land after he had been expelled from his homeland Nariño by the guerrillas and had worked for 20 years as a harvester on the plantations of the coffee zone in Quindío.

With the purchase of the land he laid the first foundation stone of the small business, which Great coffee - produced from reduced cultivation to this day has only three permanent employees. The cultivation of coffee gave the Huesaquillo family hope for a better and peaceful future in a war-torn Colombia.

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Biodiversity and wildlife conservation

Due to the arduous reforestation of the property and the two own water sources, the "Finca Esmeralda" has been transformed over the years into a biodiverse habitat, which with native plants and wild animal species (such as monkeys and armadillos) almost corresponds to its natural state.

When Cesar took over the finca ten years ago, he also felt committed to environmental protection and so he learned how to produce high quality speciality coffees of the "Castillo" variety in a sustainable and chemical-free way, which he now only sells to niche markets.

Great coffee -
produced from reduced cultivatioN

The highland variety "Castillo", a typical Colombian variety belonging to the Arabica family, was obtained from the Microlot experiments: the coffee plantations are divided into small lots, allowing the farmers to concentrate fully on the health of their plants.

Each day the different lotes are checked, studied and compared. This enables Cesar not only to guarantee a better harvest, but also an improvement in flavor.

But Microlot cultivation also means a considerable amount of work: at harvest time, up to twelve helpers work on the Finca Esmeralda to guarantee the necessary attention to the manual processing.

 

For his "Castillo", Cesar and his team use the elaborate "washed process", which ensures that the coffee tastes pure and full. 

It brings out the sweet fruity aromas of "Esmeralda" coffee and highlights the intense notes of mandarin and apple that make it so unique.

...if you want to support them, buy your coffee here!

FINCA EL Laguito
DAniel and Andres Ramirez, Calarca - Quindio

El Laguito is a family project enduring, meanwhile, two generations and looking back at more than thirty years of experience in cultivating coffee. 

In 1989 the agricultural engineer Rodrigo Ramirez bought five hectares of land with the yields of his entire working life and gave the local finca its current name.

from Caturro to castillo

The family began to grow  Caturro variety plants. However, after more than twenty years of fighting pests and red rot, they switched to Café Castillo resulting in an improved coffee from an improved production.  

A family passion for coffee

In 2014, out of love for nature and agriculture, Ramirez‘ sons, Daniel and Andres, also decided to devote their hearts and all their labour to El Laguito, where they began producing speciality coffees. Since then they have been selecting seed after seed to monitor the quality of the coffee.

Environment and quality at the heart of the finca

They use only environmentally friendly products for composting and pest control, dry the coffee beans naturally in the sunlight and later wash them in rainwater. All this in order to harmonise their awareness of nature with the production of high quality coffee. 

In this sense, the Ramirez family is committed to the environment and, at the same time, to lovers of good coffee, serving the best coffee in the world at their table..

 

...if you want to support them, buy your coffee here!