Having the support of export company year after year builds a producer’s confidence resulting in excellent coffee. This is certainly the case between Inconexus, a Colombian export company, and Rosevel Ortiz Escarpeta, a producer with more than 20 years of experience working in coffee. Rosevel and his wife have a 12 acre farm called La Ilusión located in the community of Villa Fátima within the municipality of San Agustin, Huila. Inconexus has invested in Rosevel’s farm to serve as a model for expanding knowledge and motivation to other producers in the community. The quality of Rosevel’s coffee has benefited from the investments (featured as a Crown Jewel in 2018 and 26th place in Colombia’s 2019 COE) and his personal desire to produce specialty coffee is fortified from knowing he has the support of Inconexus.
Inconexus has helped Rosevel improve his farm management protocol, particular related to pruning and fertilizing. Inconexus has also helped him learn to process coffee using the natural process. Ripe cherries for this natural processed coffee were carefully hand sorted and floated to remove less dense beans. Then the cherries were placed on raised beds in thin layers and moved regularly with a mixed exposure to sun and shade to slowly and evenly reduce moisture over a period of 25 days.