Jhon Edison Velez Hoyos is the man who runs Finca Las Acacias in Guatica, Risaralda, a small department of Colombia just next to the region of Antioquia. Jhon is recent addition to The Coffee Quest network in Colombia. One of our cuppers, Sergio Villada, was indeed the one who connected us with Jhon.
Jhon is a young farmer that lives on the farm and works together with his father. They both are in charge of planting and collecting the coffee but Jhon is more focused on the post-harvest fermentation and drying process.
Finca Las Acacias counts 5 fixed employees and 10 temporary workers during the harvest. The farm was bought 6 years ago but after that, it went through several important changes. Jhon expanded and modernized the farm by adding and building facilities that are required for the coffee post-harvest processes.
“If the coffee production was not part of my family tradition, I’m sure I would have decided to become a coffee farmer by myself because coffee means a lot in our culture.” – Jhon Edison Velez Hoyos
Finca Las Acacias sits at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level, where Jhon grows his Geisha coffee plants together with other crops, such as banana trees and the avocado fruit.
What makes this coffee stand out is the variety and Jhon’s true sincerity and dedication he applied to the coffee post-harvest process. This coffee let’s you experience both floral and fruity notes.
The Coffee Quest is happy to welcome Jhon into our network in 2021, the first year of us working together. We can’t wait to strengthen this collaboration and help him to reach his goal: improving the quality of the coffee. If joining the training in our buying stations means being one step closer to his goal, to achieve a great result and be satisfied.
Jhon’s revealed that he is truly happy with the direct relationship with The Coffee Quest, that has been build from the very beginning on mutual respect based on transparent prices. Being recognized by the farmers as true commercial allies is a source of satisfaction for The Coffee Quest as well..
Jhon is very proud of his efforts and the results of his coffee, especially for the environmental challenges he is facing. Adapting the varieties to climate change is one of the greatest difficulties for him. Quality varieties, such as his Geisha, are often harder to keep protected.
Finca Las Acacias avoids burning activities and any type of chemicals for the plants’ diseases. They prefer to use organic matter and apply cultural control to manage broca.
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