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OUR FARMS

OUR FARMS

Our Farms are based in Nariño in the North West of Colombia. This is one of the most well-known coffee producing regions in Colombia. The area is characterised by its high altitude; standing at approx. 1700 to 2000masl and is renowned for producing some of the best coffees in Colombia.

LA FINCA LA LOMITA

DETAILS OF THE FARM

Family: Saulo Luna

Altitude: 1.850 masl

Farm Size: 2 Hectares

Variety: Castillo y Colombia

Fermentation Time: 18 to 20 Hours

Process: Honey

 

Saulo Luna bought ‘La Finca La Lomita’ in 2017, previously he spent his whole life working on coffee farms in the well-known regions of Tolima and El Valle, in Colombia. He is extremely proud of his achievement of producing a ‘Honey’ coffee with unique characteristics and owes its success to what he has learnt working in different coffee regions in Colombia. He has worked with a variety of different varietals and explains that each variety of coffee is unique in its own way.

La Finca ‘La Lomita’ which means ‘Hill’ in English, was given its name due to its  location, high on the hill looking over the local town.  Saulo’s farm is small and he explains that this enables him to focus on coffee processes and ensures that he produces the highest quality Specialty Coffee. During the harvest only, the direct family work picking and processing the coffee to ensure the best results, this gives them the guarantee of producing specialty coffee with special characteristics of the Nariño region.

LA FINCA EL OJO DE AGUA

DETAILS OF THE FARM

Family: Reyes Pabón

Altitude: 1.800 masl

Farm Size: 5 Hectares

Variety: Gueisha, Castillo y Colombia

Fermentation Time: 18 to 20 Hours

Process: Washed/ Natural

 

Jose Rafael Reyes Pabon, was born 90 years ago, In the small village town of Chilcal Bajo, La Union, Nariño. Rafael is the eldest of 5 sons. From a very young age, Rafael decided to dedicate his life to farming, he has become a renowned coffee farmer in the area for his dedication to the continuous improvement in his coffee harvesting and processing. Jose is a farther to 7 sons, and became a widower at a very young age. He has fought through difficult times in the company of his children, whom until today help him with all aspects of the farm.

Rafael’s land is split into two farms, one is called ‘El Ojo de Agua’ and the other ‘El Potrero’. El Potrero was inherited from his parents and EL Ojo de Agua was a result of his personal hard work over the years. The farms have two main varieties; Castillo and Colombia. The farms are located 10 minutes from the main town ‘La Union’, and have spectacular views of the coffee plantations of the region.

LA FINCA EL PROGRESSO

DETAILS OF THE FARM

Family: Rosalba Bados

Altutude 1.800 masl

Farm Size: 2 Hectares

Variety: Caturra/Castillo

Fermentation Time: 48 to 50 Hours

Process: Washed

 

The Martinez Bados family have a small farm of 2 hectares located in the small village town of Chaguaraco, Nariño. They inherited the farm 40 years ago from their parents.

40 Years ago, when they inherited the farm it was derelict land, with no plantations of any type. In 1979, Rosalba Bados and her husband Hernando Martinez started to work the land together, and decided to plant coffee trees, planting 7000 caturra coffee trees.

The family produced and harvested Caturra coffee for 30 years, until 10 years ago their Hernan decided to change the variety to Castillo where they now have approx. 900 coffee trees. Hernan has experimented with a long fermentation process this year which has been very successful in producing a coffee with unique attributes.

LA FINCA GUAYABILLO

DETAILS OF THE FARM

Family: Chavez Garcia

Altitude:  1.600masl

Farm Size:  ½ Hectare

Variety:  Castillo

Fermentation Time:  36 hours, Long Fermentation

Process: Semi Washed

 

Albeiro Danilo Chavez Garcia was born the 1st of Junio 1972, he is the eldest of 6 brothers of the Chavez Garcia family, who from a young age has dedicated his life to working on the coffee farm. He is the fourth generation of the family to follow the tradition and passion for coffee. This year 2019, Albeiro produced his first ‘Specialty Coffee’, previously he sold all of his coffee to the local market for a very inferior price, which was not enough to cover the costs of harvesting and processing the coffee. Following in the footsteps of his younger brother Sandro Chevez, Albeiro decided to work closely with Portillas Café, and adapted new processing techniques which clearly has improved the overall quality of the coffee he is producing.

Albeiro implemented a fermentation process with a prolonged time of 36 hours, on his semi-washed coffee. This has given his micro-lot coffee an individual cupping profile, and notes which show special characteristics of coffees from Nariño.

LA FINCA LA PIEDRA

DETAILS OF THE FARM

Family: Navarro

Altitude:  1.800 masl

Farm Suze: 1 ½ Hectares

Variety:  Caturra y Castillo

Fermentation Time: 17 to 18 hours

Process: Washed

 

The Navarro Vallejos family consists of Rodrigo and Leticia who have been married for 25 years and have 4 children. Twenty-five years ago, they bought their farm ‘La Piedra’, which has been their life project and how they have sustained their family. The couple are the third generation of coffee farmers. Neither of them has decided to move away from coffee farming regardless of the great sacrifice it involves and the work it entails. Their love for coffee has encouraged them to work endlessly to improve their coffee processing, to ensure they produce the highest quality ‘Specialty Coffee’.

Yanira is the eldest daughter and she works closely with her farther during the coffee harvesting. Yanira and her farther Rodrigo are motivated to continue improving the quality of their coffee and have seen a clear opportunity working with Portillas Café to improve their livelihood and that of their family.

LA FINCA EL PRADO

DETAILS OF THE FARM

Family: Chavez

Altitude:  1.700masl

Farm Size: 3/4 Hectares

Variety:  Caturra

Fermentation Time: 26 Hours

Process: Washed

 

Sandro Chavez comes from a family where coffee farming is ingrained in their blood. His Parents Audelo and Luisa taught their son from a young age everything he knows about coffee harvesting and processing. He is one of six sons all of whom work on the coffee farm.

Sandro over the last two years has been fundamental member of the Portillas Café team, and has seen the motivation to focus on the production of ‘Specialty Coffee’, ensuring tight controls on every stage from the planting of the coffee trees, to harvesting and processing the coffee cherries.

Thanks to his hard work and the continuing support of Portillas Café, in 2019 Sandro built his own drying tunnel, which enabled him to sun dry all of his own coffee, which has resulted in him being able to sell his first micro-lot coffee production which was proudly bought by Portillas Café. His ambition going forward is to continue to learn and implement different processes to improve his cupping profile and scoring.

LA FINCA EL PLACER

DETAILS OF THE FARM

Family:  Jaime Aurelio Reyes Martínez

Altitude:  2.070masl

Farm Size:  2 Hectares

Variety:  Castillo y Caturra

Fermentation Time: 24 hours

Process: Washed

 

Jaime is one of 11 children, he is single and lives at home with his mother and four brothers. The ‘El Placer’ farm was his inheritance from his father. The family work hard together to maintain the farm. Like many other coffee farmers, they also produce bananas, and Yuca which they take to the market each week to sell, which helps the family sustain their living costs.

The Reyes brothers are the third generation dedicating their lives to coffee farming. Their farm sits at an amazingly high altitude of 2.070masl, thanks to the altitude and the family’s dedication to excellent coffee processes, the family produces coffee with very special characteristics.

LA FINCA EL ENCANTO / SANDONA

DETAILS OF THE FARM

Family: Gomez Gomez

Altitude:  1.740 masl

Farm Size:  1 Hectare

Variety:  Colombia

Fermentation Time: 18 to 22 hours

Process: Washed

 

The Gomez Gomez family, Jose and Leonor and their 4 children, decided to move to the small village town of Tambillo, Sandona with the hope of finding work and providing a future for their family. They bought their small coffee farm of 1 hectare, and decided to dedicate their lives to coffee farming. Two years ago, Leonor Gomez the mother of the household decided to attend courses on new coffee processing techniques, which enabled their coffee to be classified as ‘Specialty Coffee’. They are delighted to see an improvement in the quality of their coffee and are highly motivated by the price bonus they are receiving for producing higher quality coffee.

LA FINCA BOHORQUEZ / OCCIDENTE

DETAILS OF THE FARM

Family:  Zamudio Martinez

Altitude:  1.730masl

Farm Size:  1 Hectare

Variety:  Castillo

Fermentation Time: 22 Hours

Process: Washed

 

Jesus Zamudio Y Leonor have been married for 41 years and have two children. They bought their small coffee farm 35 years ago. Jesus also works as a builder to help maintain his family and sustain the coffee farms.

Leonor dedicates all of her time to the coffee farm, she is responsible for overseeing the whole coffee process from production to harvesting and processing the coffee cherries.

Leonor and Jesus are the third generation of their families to be involved in Coffee Farming. A few years ago, they participated in Nariño Specialty Coffee competition, where their coffee received very good results. They are now working with Portillas Café, sharing their experiences, and striving to help improve the quality of life of those who dedicate their lives to coffee farming.

LA FINCA EL CHORRO / REGIONAL

DETAILS OF THE FARM

Family:  Mera Fajardo

Altitude:  1.500masl

Farm Size:  1 Hectare (5000 plants)

Variety:  Castillo

Fermentation Time: 18 hours

Process: Washed

 

Miguel Mera and his wife Adelfa have been married for 38 years and have 4 daughters. One of their daughters has had the opportunity to study and the other 3 have decided to dedicate their time to coffee farming.

Their coffee farm is the result of the family’s hard work and their small savings which enabled them to buy the land. The Mera Fajardo family is the second generation to be working on the coffee plantation. The family also sustains itself from their small banana, yuca and corn plantations which help with their daily living costs.

Cristina Mera, one of Miguels’ and Adelfas’ daughters, has always had a keen interest in coffee farming from a very young age. Cristina is a single mum who works part time on the farm and the rest of the time in a small clothing shop in town, this helps her sustain her living costs and also pay for her sons’ education.

LA FINCA EL PRADO / SANDONÁ

DETAILS OF THE FARM

Family: Chavez Garcia
Origen: Sandona, Nariño Colombia
Varietal: Caturra & Variedad Colombia
Processing: Washed/Sun Dried
Altitude: 1750 masl
Farm Size: 6 hectares

 

“El Prado” Farm; a 6 hectare farm owned by the Chávez García family, located in the small town of Tambillo (Nariño, Colombia). Inherited by 6 brothers after the sudden death of their father. Their in-depth knowledge and love of coffee farming came from their father. Today, five of the brothers live with their mother on the farm and fully depend on coffee farming to sustain their families. The farm is now separated into micro-lots, each family member is responsible for looking after and harvesting their own micro-lot. Three years ago over 90% of their harvest was sold ‘wet’, which means the majority of their coffee never reached the drying process because they needed to sell the coffee quickly to finance the harvest. Since then we have been working with them to overcome two major challenges; the forward financing of their harvests and the construction of new patios. New drying tables has enabled them to dry more coffee, helping them secure a higher selling price.

LA FINCA EL YUMBO

DETAILS OF THE FARM
Family: Samudio García
Origen: Sandona, Nariño Colombia
Varietal: Castillo
Processing: Washed/Sun Dried
Altitude: 1.600 a 1.800 msnm
Farm Size: 1 hectare

 

The Samudio Garcia family are second generation coffee farmers. Don Gerardo and his wife Imelda have three daughters. Their farm has approximately 4,000 coffee plants on one hectare of land. All of the coffee is manually collected by the hands of family members. The coffee plants are shaded by orange, avocado, lemon, guava and banana trees. They are planted on steep slopes, which gives the coffee its special characteristics of high altitude coffee. The family are dedicated to carefully selecting and processing each coffee cherry, ensuring they produce the highest quality speciality coffee.

FINCA EL NARANJO

DETAILS OF THE FARM

Family: Samudio Garcia
Origen: Sandona, Nariño Colombia
Varietal: Colombia & Castillo
Processing: Washed/Sun Dried
Altitude: 1700-1800 masl
Farm Size: 1 hectare

 

Rudy Samudio is the eldest of three daughters, she is the third generation working on the family coffee farm, which is located in the small village ‘El Tambillo’, Sandona-Nariño. Rudy is the owner of one hectare of the family farm. Over the years Rudy has worked alongside and learned from her parents and Grandparents, her extensive knowledge and love of coffee harvesting comes from them. For the last five years Rudy has been attending courses to improve the processes they use at farm level, ensuring they produce the highest quality coffee. Rudy’s farm, El Yumbo has approximately 3800 coffee trees, the trees are shaded by orange, banana and guava trees.

LA FINCA EL NARANJO AGRIO

DETAILS OF THE FARM

Family: Botina Portilla
Origen: Sandona, Nariño Colombia
Varietal: Caturra & Castillo
Processing: Washed/Sun Dried
Altitude: 1.800 masl
Farm Size: 2½ hectares

 

Luis Botina and his wife Sereida Portilla are a family who have been dedicated to coffee farming for over 28 years. Their farm is located in a small village called ‘Tambillo’ close to the town ‘Sandona in the province of Nariño, Colombia. Don Luis was the local school teacher in Tambillo, during his career he started to buy small coffee Microlots. Over time he has become an expert in coffee farming and processing, and has been recognized by the Colombian Coffee Federation for his dedication to coffee farming. He is seen as an important figure in the village of Tambillo, helping to improve the livelihoods of his fellow farmers. Now retired Don Luis dedicates his time to farming ‘La Finca El Naranjo his farm which has 3.5 hectares separated in 2 micro-lots. The farm has two different types of coffee varieties, Caturra and Variedad Colombia. The trees are planted at a distance of 1.6m x 1.2m. The coffee trees are shaded by various varieties of trees including, avocado, orange, lemon and plantain trees. All the coffee harvesting is conducted manually.

LA FINCA El GUAYABO

DETAILS OF THE FARM

Family: Gómez García
Origen: Sandona, Nariño Colombia
Varietal: Castillos & Variedad Colombia
Processing: Washed/Sun Dried
Altitude: 1.700 masl
Farm Size: 0.75 hectares

 

Carmela García lives on her small 0.75 hectare coffee farm with her husband and two children, in the small village of Tambillo, Sandona-Nariño. Carmela inherited the farm from her parents. One of 10 siblings, she is the second generation of coffee farmers working on this land. There are apporximently 2,800 coffee plants planted at a distance of 1.6m x 1.5m. Over the years, the family have improved their post harvest processing, by investing in a new pulping machine and drying tables which has helped increase the coffee quality. This small farm produces coffee with excellent citric notes.

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