Origin Information

Cesar Augusto Tapia
Medio Roblal, Tello, Huila, Colombia
May - June
1700 meters
Clay minerals
Full natural and dried in the sun

Background Details

Arrivals from Huila are always a special treat and even more so when they are fully traceable to a particular producer. Cesar Augusto Tapia Diaz produced this micro-lot on his 6-acre farm called Buena Vista in the municipality of Tello where he lives with his wife and 2 daughters. Cesar has taken a great deal of care to intercrop his coffee with shade trees, bananas, corn, beans and sugarcane, which helps him better manage the health of his farm and provides his family with another source of income and food security. Cesar has his own micro-mill where he carefully harvests cherries and holds them for 12 hours to ferment before depulping and fermenting for another 36 hours. After this, he washes the coffee to remove the mucilage and then gently dries it on raised beds over a period of 20 days. While Cesar has designed farm management and post-harvest solutions to fit his needs, he also has a strong alliance to bring his coffee to the international market and earn fair prices. He has partnered with an exporting company called SanMiguel Cia Colombiana Agricola, a family owned company based in Huila that focuses on bringing traceable individual farmer micro-lots to the international market. The partnership has helped Cesar increase earnings from coffee sales, which means he can reinvest in his farm and strengthen his family’s livelihood.