As Colombian coffee growing regions go, Boyacá might not be one that you have heard about before, but it is one of the first places coffee was cultivated in Colombia. Today there are more than 10,000 small producers in the Boyacá department cultivating coffee on farms that average just a few acres in size. Farms are small enough for each producer to manage their own micro-mill where meticulous care in cherry selection, depulping, fermenting, and drying coffee takes place. Boyacá also has a long history of working directly with the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (FNC), dating back to its creation in 1927. In addition to marketing coffee internationally, the FNC provides producers with financing, training, and technical assistance to improve coffee quality. The FNC also strives to improve the quality of life for coffee producers and their families through projects promoting income diversification and education.