Farm: El Balcón
Location: Buenavista, Colombia
Owners: Olivare's Family
The farms has more than 100 years. Is also a hotel for people that want to live the full experience
The cupping sessions start with a short walk through the coffee plants, experiencing everything nature has.
Do you see the Parchment coffee on the top? They place coffee on this movable roof to get it dry.
Why is our coffee so special?
The farm El Balcón is located in Buenavista, Quindio, Colombia. With an altitude of 1.650 NN. Its location and altitude gives the farm micro-climate conditions, meaning that the coffee plants won’t receive direct sun, because there is fog that covers the sky until midday, and when the fog is gone the sun is behind the mountain. This specific conditions help the coffee bean to grow slow and get all the sweet properties they can get.
The Olivares Family are working with us for over a year now. Creating job opportunities and at the same time educating workers on the best practice for coffee. We are Rainforest Alliance certified.
16 wells are born in the farm, and provide a constant water stream. This water streams benefit, not only the farm and the coffee plants, but also the local community. One part of the farm is virgin rainforest. Is the place where the wells are born. We know that we have a big responsibility preserving this wells, and the nature surrounding the farm. If you are quiet enough you can see wild animals walking through the farm. Hunting is prohibited.
We take our work seriously, we don’t have mono-crops, our coffee plants share space with several different kinds of trees and other crops. The farm is divided in micro-lots, letting the traceability be a reality. You can actually know where is your coffee coming from, how are the climate conditions, and how is the bean treated.