Continuing our love of Colombian smallholders this month, our feature filter coffee comes from two brothers who are changing the game from the ground up in Huila. Didier and Harold Pajoy (pa-hoy) are young superstars who, on a very humble scale, are revolutionising how we think about coffee production. By concentrating equally on exponential quality improvements and regenerative agriculture, these artisans are, put simply, earning more and spending less. The impact this has on household financial growth and security is huge for smallholders who have just one source of income. Seeing growers we’ve been working with exclusively for years drastically reduce their chemical inputs and simultaneously increase the quality of their product is an amazing success story. We collaborate in fermentation experiments, give them micro-financing, and have invested in a rotating fund to pay pickers, which has resulted in better beans which we pay more for year on year. To witness real and meaningful development on the household scale gives us our sense of purpose in what we do.
One of the keenest enthusiasts of the Pajoy family is Didier’s young son Eric. We love this little champ and we think when Andrew’s girls take over Small Batch, they’ll be buying coffee from Eric Pajoy (no pressure on anyone to follow in family footsteps…)