Looking for an award-winning coffee from an exquisite growing region produced by a next generation producer? Víctor Liborio Latorre Castiblanco made his debut in the Aroma de Libertad Boyacá completion this year where his coffee earned first place. Especially impressive considering he just started harvesting coffee from his farm called Las Palmas, which his uncle helped him plant in the department of Boyacá. As Colombian coffee growing regions go, Boyacá might not be one that you have heard 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. Las Palmas is small enough for Victor and his family to manage their own micro-mill where meticulous care in cherry selection, depulping, fermenting, and drying coffee takes place. Victor is also benefiting from Boyacá’s long history 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.