Octavio Riano, along with his wife Lucero Enriquez and their two children, live in the hills above Pitalitonear the village of Filo de Chillurco. For the past 15 years Octavio has been cultivating and selling his coffees to market, and coming from a coffee producing family, he already understood the quality conditions in Huila and the demand for specialty grade coffee once he decided to start farming on his own. Through networking and the sharing of ideas and techniques with other coffee producers in his locale, Octavio developed the following process for his coffee:
Every three weeks the deep red Caturra cherries and the bright red Bourbon cherries are harvested. The coffee is then processed through a traditional three-outlet pulper that utlizes the "Zaranda" (a post-pulping screen that helps discard defects and small beans) the same day as harvest. The coffee is then dry-fermented in-tank for 24 hours, washed four times, then placed in a parabolic dryer for an average of 10-12 days. Once the coffee is fully dried and stable, it is sacked up and stacked on wooden pallets for eight days before being milled.