We’re back in Tolima with this delivery, a region that’s proving to be one of our favourites in Colombia this past year. Dario’s farm, Los Sauces is located in a small village near Rio Blanco.
Dario has been working with Caravela Coffee, our export partner in Colombia, for around two years and he says the move to specialty coffee is making a big difference.
By focusing on higher quality, he’s receiving premiums over commodity coffee prices that have helped provide better for his family, and improve his farm to produce even better quality coffee. He’s also able to focus on running the farm more sustainably.
Across the whole farm, he’s now producing mostly AA grade (the second-highest in Colombia’s grading system) and 20% the highest grade: AAA.
On Los Sauces he also grows sugar cane, plantain and corn to diversify his income and ensure he’s producing crops throughout the year and not just the main coffee harvest.