When Pedro Echavarria was looking to start growing his own Colombian coffee, he knew the importance of finding the perfect plot. The result of his long search, Finca Agua Linda, is just that.
With a combination of volcanic soils, strong local coffee heritage, a high altitude, and microclimates, the farm in Santa Barbara, Colombia, is ideal for growing excellent coffee.
What started as a small farm on a modest plot of land has grown enormously over the years. Pedro now has 60 full time employees, with this increasing to 1200 coffee pickers in the high season.
Once picked, the beans are fermented in tanks, before being washed and dried in large silos. This process brings a unique taste and character to the coffee, resulting in delicious notes of chocolate, cream and strawberry. From here, the coffee is packaged ready for export.
Pedro’s son, Pedro Jr, is increasingly involved in the running of the farm, and they are proud to pay their employees over the odds for their labour. Agua Linda employees are provided with accommodation and childcare, and Pedro even assists them with buying their own land when they retire. Prehaps unsurprisingly, this revolutionary approach to employee welfare keeps workers incredibly loyal, and most have been on the farm for over 10 years.
Through their forward thinking, Pedro and his son are able to run a sucessful business that cares for their employees and respects the planet. We are delighted to be able to work with these incredible beans, and to share their Coffee Story.
And as with all our retail packs, 10% of the profits from this bag of our Colombian Coffee will go back to farmers.