Colombia Eduin Hernandez
Producer: Eduin Hernández – Finca Alto Bonito
Region: Herrera Tolima
Altitude: 1800 masl
Harvest: May – June, 2020
Varieties: Caturra, Yellow Caturra, Castillo
Processed: 73% Red Honey process, 27% Natural process
Eduin is a young, ambitious, and modest coffee farmer. He is native to the Herrera community, a very isolated area in the Bilbao municipality of southern Tolima department. The area is one of the more impoverished areas of the country, due in part to its violent history and the habitual presence of insurgent and/or criminal armed groups for more than a generation and continuing even today.
Though his farm consists of 1.5 hectares and does not possess some elements of basic farm infrastructure, such as a fermentation tank, he is determined to make the small amount of coffee he produces as good as possible. Honey processing can be risky for beginners and is usually undertaken only by well-funded, larger farms in Colombia. Eduin has a young, growing family sees differentiated specialty coffee as the way to provide with only a tiny piece of land.
For Eduin, it was a risky bet that has paid off and allowed him to achieve specialty cup quality even with his limited on-farm infrastructure. In the short time since December 2017 Eduin has been experimenting and homing in on optimal protocols for honey and natural processing and has been earning nearly twice the Colombian commodity price for his coffee channelled to roasters in USA, Australia and New Zealand. The aim is to continue driving up cup quality and teaching other young, small producers in the area to start dry processing and get as excited about them as Eduin is.