Producer: Elver Paya
Farm: Finca Los Pedregales
Farm Location: Gaitania, Tolima
Farm Size: 10 hectares
Varietal: Caturra Colombia F8
Elevation: 1673m (5489ft)
Processing: Washed, 24-48 hour dry fermentation
Drying: Marquesina - enclosed mesh floor & Elba patio
Farm Characteristics: Native hardwood shade, certified organic farm, four hectares of natural growth forest.
Tasting Notes: caramel/peach/orange
From the farmer cooperative Cedro Alto who imports this coffee:
Elver Paya's Finca Los Pedregales lies in the indigenous reserve of San Pedro where the Nasa We'sx tribe live peacefully in harmony with the land and nature, which is respected and cared for like a family member by the Paez people. The reserve is extremely isolated, in the shadow of the perpetually snow-capped Nevado del Huila volcano that provides fertile, volcanic soil. In the late 80's when the FARC insurgents attempted to take control of the area, Elver and the Paez people took up arms and staged a fierce resistance, eventually leading to a peace accord with the guerrilla in 1992, 25 years before the rest of the country was able.
Elver has spent his entire life working the land on his family's farm on the San Pedro reserve, an environment totally different from the rest of Colombia. Here, traditional customs such as medicine, food, and education are respected and the Paez language is spoken. Spanish is only spoken to outsiders and known only by some in the community that have spent time away. Food is grown on the farm whenever possible and agriculture is strictly organic. Not for a price premium or to please inspectors, but out of respect for the land and the people that work it. While some deforestation has occurred as a result of technical recommendation in the 80's, the Nasa We'sx have realized the error of these methods and are taking steps to recuperate native flora.
Elver inherited his 5-hectare farm from his parents, and married the farmer's daughter next door who also inherited her family's 5 hectares, and that's how this farm grew to 10, and the family to 5! While many have left the area for economic reasons, Elver and his family have chosen to stay with the land that is their identity and a part of their being. They are ensuring that their children grow up and learn to work hard in the community, tradition, and culture of the Paez people and to respect the land, nature, and their surroundings the way they do. Life is hard out here, and modern luxuries are largely out of reach, but it is evident that this is the lifestyle and existence that's right for Elver's family and the Nasa We'sx people.