Roberto Martinez has been growing coffee for over 7 years on his own farm and working in coffee for more than 15 years as a picker and farm labourer. Roberto has only been growing coffee organically for the past two years as he has learned about this style of farming from the help of the agronomists at the coop. The farm is based in the municipality of Balboa in Cauca where he is part of the ASOPROBALBOA growers’ group who are part of the Cosurca cooperative based in Timbio. Cosurca work closely with ASOPROA working in the communities on both agronomy and social projects to help them move forward post conflict.
On the farm the coffee is planted among guamo & citrus trees for shade. During the harvest from May to September the coffee is hand selected every 8 days and then pulped on the same day of collection. Here it is left to ferment for 14 hours before then being dried in a parabolic drier for 8 – 10 days.