Origin Information

Humberto Cortes
Caturra, Colombia
SanMiguel, La Plata, Huila, Colombia
1850 meters
Clay minerals
Fully washed and dried on raised beds

Background Details

Arrivals from Huila are always a special treat and even more so when they are fully traceable to a particular producer. Humberto Cortes produced this micro-lot on his 7.5-acre farm called Miravalles in the municipality of La Plata where he lives with his wife and 3 children. Humberto has taken a great deal of care to intercropped his coffee with shade trees, bananas, corn, beans and yucca, which helps him better manage the health of his farm and provides his family with another source of income and food security. Humberto has his own micro-mill where he carefully harvests cherries and holds them for 12 hours to ferment before depulping and fermenting for another 18 hours. After this, he washes the coffee to remove the mucilage and then gently dries it on raised beds over a period of 15 days. While Humberto 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 San Miguel, a family owned company based in Huila that focuses on bringing traceable individual farmer micro-lots to the international market. The partnership has helped Humberto increase earnings from coffee sales, which means he can reinvest in his farm and strengthen his family’s livelihood.