- Farm: El Edén
- Country: Colombia
- Region: Antioquia
- Locality: Ituango
- Altitude: 1,900 meters
- Varietals: Castillo, Caturra
- Process: Washed, sun-dried
- Position: UNDER CONTRACT
We are now in our forth 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 this year. A long dry season coupled with a resurgence of activity among illegal paramilitary groups had a negative effect on this harvest’s production yield as well as 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 to follow up as the harvest progressed and had great difficulty coordinating the shipment of the coffees from this region to the dry mill in Medellin.
Francisco continues to look towards the future. The 800 Gesha trees he planted three years ago are maturing and will be ready for harvest next season. He also wants to continue experimenting with natural process coffee as he had great success with this method last year (the recurring displacements prohibited him from processing any coffee this way during this harvest).
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.
Honey, molasses, sugarcane, lime, green tea.