Finca La Conejera
Finca La Conejera
Gregorio's farm is located on top of a mountain in the central Andes of Colombia. The farm contains Caturra, Colombia, and Castillo varieties. The family house is also used for pulping, fermenting, washing, and drying.
Gregorio and his family are growing some new exotic varieties on the farm like Geisha and Pink Bourbon, which will start producing next year.
Due to the economic, institutional and security problems that affect the coffee-growing industry in Colombia, many local families have been indirectly forcing younger generations out of the region and into the bigger cities in search of better opportunities, but Gregorio is one of 18 children who decided to be a farmer like his father instead of moving to Medellin.
Gregorio is a coffee farmer and a beekeeper.
Gregorio has a rigorous cherry selection criteria on his farm, once the cherries are picked Gregorio uses different processes like washed, extended fermentation, or honey. After screening, only the ripe cherries are allowed into the de-pulping machine.
After fermentation, the coffee is washed and sun-dried on patios and drying beds until 11% of humidity.
Variety: Castillo and Caturra
Beans: 100% Arabica
Taste: Delightful notes of passion fruit and honey. Well balanced taste with a slight hint of chocolate.
Two years without chemicals
Gregorio started this journey 3 years ago when he stopped using fertilizers with chemicals. His motivation started when he had the idea to bring some bees to the farm but unfortunately, they left.
He is producing every component that the soil and the coffee trees need in a natural way and stopping the use of fertilizers the bees are back in the farm and they are producing amazing honey with oranges and coffee notes plus the coffee trees are producing more.
Bees play a big role in agriculture. They pollinate crops, increase yields, and give rise to a lucrative honey industry. Bees are so important, in fact, that millions are spent renting hives to pollinate farmers’ crops.
Gregorio has applied for the Organic Certification but due to COVID-19, the certification process is delayed.