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 wastewater 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.
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