Edilma Piedrahita has been the glue that keeps the Los Guacharos group together, and the heart and soul of the commercialization of their coffee. Her effusive energy has buoyed us many times in the back of pickup trucks on long drives to visit producers, and we love her for her full-hearted commitment to her community, and her belief that steps towards sustainable production are essential for the future of coffee.
Los Guacharos are a group of independent, quality-focused small producers in Bruselas, Southern Huila (close to Pitalito). The group is collectively converting to organic agriculture, making their own fertilizers and fungicides, installing complex water filtration systems that use gravity, stones and sand to remove all mucilage residues from waste water to not contaminate water systems.
We have been working independently with the Los Guacharos group for several years. They are forcefully self-determined. The group’s power lies in their organization as an association, committed to improving all members’ coffee, and cooperating to sell directly, without working with intermediaries. They have all voluntarily trained at the local agricultural college in specialty coffee production: everything from agronomy and accounting to roasting, cupping and latte art. They collectively pay for consultancy in organic agriculture, and they work on each other’s farms installing water filtration systems and spraying organic fertilisers.
We are in constant contact with a large number of producer-members who make sure our recommendations in terms of processing and parchment storage are diffused throughout the group. We work the closest with Edilma- she knows when we are returning to cup and purchase and makes sure all the producers know to deliver parchment samples, a massive bag of samples is then sent to the lab that we use in Pitalito for us to assess. We cup and then visit and invariably take another big bag of samples, which we roast and cup again. We cup each producer’s coffee meticulously- even if it doesn’t pass the grade, we give them lengthy feedback on processing so they can improve.
We paid 1,550,000 pesos/carga for this coffee (to give context this is the link to the current market rate in Colombia for producers delivering parchment to their local Co-Op, it’s updated daily
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