Whole bean coffee.
The Las Hermosas farmer relationship project started in 2004 when we discovered an exceptional Colombian coffee from a farming co-operative in the South Tolima region. In an effort to give back to this community, we donate funds each year to support projects that improve the local standard of living.
To date, we have supported numerous projects:
¥ construction of parabolic drying beds for 200 small family farms to improve quality;
¥ a cupping lab in Ibague with the equipment required for coffee quality analysis;
¥ a complete overhaul of sanitation and water purification systems for seven schools in the region;
¥ set-up of multiple computer labs within schools in the region for business and educational use.
Better social and economic conditions also create an environment where premium quality production is possible. As evidence of this, farmers from the Las Hermosas co-operative placed 1st, 3rd and 7th in ColombiaÕs Cup of Excellence competition.