Colombia Huila EL DeScanso Village
Bright acidity and caramel sweetness meet a medium body. Rich chocolate combines with invigorating flavors of citrus, grilled peaches and cherry.
Located in central Huila, Garzón is known as “El Alma del Huila” or, “the Soul of Huila”. And, some of the finest coffees from Garzón are produced, on the mountainous rural side in El Descanso village.
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Don Edgar’s father decided to start experimenting with some Typica seeds in his own small farm. Fortunately, Huila’s cool climate was ideal for coffee production, but it was a rocky start.
When Don Edgar’s family began farming coffee no one was teaching producers best practices for coffee farming. The standard practice was to germinate coffee seeds directly in the soil.
Nowadays, it’s well known that a healthy and vigorous coffee farm begins with a perfectly managed nursery. Time and technical improvements led to significant growth in productivity. Today Don Edgar’s farm is vibrant and robust. It produces a healthy mix of Caturra, Castillo and Colombia varieties.
Don Edgar was also a pioneer in implementing drying systems throughout his community. Years ago he and his community in El Descanso sold wet parchment, but he recognized that he could make more money by developing his own drying system — he was right. The drying system on Don Edgar’s farm generated job opportunities in his community and improved the cup profile of his coffee.
With decades of experience producing coffee, Don Edgar has observed many changes. He has noticed that the weather has changed. The land on which he walked as a child was not optimal for coffee production, but climate change in the region boosted the growth rate in his plants. Now, one of his main concerns is that global warming will eventually affect these ‘ideal conditions’ — a feeling shared by many producers whose farms are at lower altitudes.
Our importer’s sister company in Colombia, has worked with coffee farmers throughout Huila - including Don Edgar and the other family farmers in El Descanso Village - for years. They have provided commercial and technical assistance through its own farm sustainability programs. Don Edgar has seen strong improvements in production and earnings thanks to these programs.
Now you can experience the work of the great farmers of El Descanso in Joe’s Brother Coffee, El Descanso Village. Enjoy a bright cup with notes of citrus, grilled peaches and flavors of caramel and chocolate.