We are now in our fifth year working with Finca El Edén and are proud of what we have accomplished so far. Our strong relationship with Francisco helped us work through particularly challenging times for the last two years. A resurgence of activity among illegal paramilitary groups had a direct impact on the farmers and their families. With multiple displacements during the harvest, Francisco and his wife, Amparo, were forced to leave cherries in the fields, pack their belongings, and move the family to the nearest town in search of safety.
These safety issues also created logistical challenges. We were unable to visit the farms in the region last year. We encounter chalenges and difficulty coordinating the shipment of the coffees from this region to the dry mill in Medellin.
Francisco continues to look towards the future. He wants to continue experimenting with natural process coffee as he had great success with this method two years ago (the recurring displacements prohibited him from processing any coffee this way during last harvest). This year we are excited to have his natural process coffee back again!
It does not surprise us that Francisco remains so dedicated in the face of adversity. He has lived through many years of armed conflict and fell victim to a landmine himself in 2009. Lucky to escape with his life, he lost one eye as well as his sense of taste and smell. However, his dedication to his coffee never faltered. He grew up working with coffee alongside his father at El Edén and chose to continue the legacy after his father passed away.
Molasses, cocoa nibs, concord grape, complex.