Finca La Pradera is located in Santa Maria, Huila, Colombia, and is managed by Luis Enrique Cuellar and his brother Robinson. The farm consists of 6 hectares of land, with 3.5 hectares dedicated to growing coffee, sits at an elevation of 2,050 m.a.s.l, and has around 13,000 coffee trees in production, with varieties ranging from Caturra and Pacamara to the more exotic Pink Bourbon, Caturra Chiroso and Geisha varieties.
Upon arriving at the wet-mill, the cherries are left to ferment for 24 hours, after which they are floated to remove under/over-ripes and then de-pulped and left to ferment, and dry for another 48-52 hours. Upon washing (in which they leave a little bit of mucilage), the coffee is dried in a traditional greenhouse structure for anywhere from 18-25 days, depending on the weather.
Luis Enrique is an agronomist by trade and manages the plots and commercializing of the coffee, while Robinson manages the processing and drying, complementing each other with their individual strengths. They aim to plant really exclusive varieties like Laurina, Sidra, and Bourbon Aji, to elevate the farm’s portfolio and increase their quality.
In years past, when there was less production, the picking was a family affair. However, with the trees now as adults, they hire pickers, but they are paid wages far above the average to ensure only ripe cherries are selected (~40% above the average, huuuge).
We’ve known Enrique and Robinson for years (circa 2017) and are thrilled to be able to offer their coffee each harvest!
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