Farm: Los Cristales
Region: Gaitania, Planadas, Tolima
Harvest: November 2020
Process: Fully Washed
Dagoberto Rodriguez, Yaneth Paz Aguirre and their children live in Gaitania, Planadas in Colombia’s Tolima department. Born into a coffee growing family, it was always Dagoberto’s intention to have his own farm and it has become reality in the three-hectare farm, Los Cristales. Named after the crystal-clear stream running through the land, the farm is populated by Castillo and Variedad Colombia coffee trees and sits, ideally, between 1500 and 1800 metres.
Producing specialty coffee since 2014, Dagoberto and Yaneth have followed strict protocols when it comes to handling their crop. Ensuring the pickers only harvest the ripe cherries through training and incentives means quality is high from the very start. Once harvested, the cherries are rested for 24 hours before pulping, a term the Colombians call ‘reposado’. Once depulped, they undergo a 60-hour dry fermentation before being fully washed using the stream water, finally being laid to dry on covered, parabolic dryers.
With his never-ending search for betterment, Dagoberto is looking to improve his drying facilities in the near future as he knows how important the drying stage is. “I’ve seen lots of changes in my life since I started to produce specialty coffee, especially in the economic aspect, and also in the social aspect, I’ve been able to improve the quality of my coffee and I’m starting to be known for my work.” says Dagoberto. “If you want to live well with a good quality of life, you must be consistent, and improve year after year; it’s the only option.”
We’re extremely pleased to have Dagoberto and Yaneth’s coffee this year and hope to finally meet them once travel is back to normal. Until then, we’ll just have to drink the coffee and imagine being in the tropical sun of Colombia.