Coffee has been a part of Efrain’s life since day one. He grew up on the family farm, absorbing all of his father’s knowledge. He learned that while hard work and proper technique are mandatory, the right location is also a critical component to producing excellent coffee. Efrain knew he wanted to stay in Ituango to reap the benefits of high elevation and fertile soil. He purchased El Dragal seventeen years ago to put his coffee skills to work in an ideal location.
While this seems like an easy decision, Efrain and other members of the community have suffered through violence and turmoil at the hands of illegal groups for the past twenty years. These groups make coffee production even harder than it already is, sometimes even displacing families from their farms. Efrain and his family suffered this fate at times but still persist.
Threats from these groups still exist today, but Efrain is optimistic about the future. He is committed to quality and believes that the risk he takes by staying at El Dragal will be rewarded by a better wage for a better coffee. He is proud to be a coffee grower and describes the lifestyle as «a beautiful profession.»
Lime, green tea, honey, chocolate, nutty.