Finca El Girasol is just a 2-hectare farm, with 1.5 hectares planted in Castillo coffee. Willian Dario Camayo is sure to pick the coffee only when it is ripened to a purple color. The coffee is depulped the afternoon that it is picked, then fermented dry for 20 hours before being washed four times. Willian uses parabolic dryers, and it takes 8–10 days to dry the coffee, depending on the weather.
Willian is a young grower who has been farming coffee since 2011; his parents have grown fique plants for years, but Willian decided to focus on coffee, and planted 5,000 trees with the help of some credit. When the first harvests went well, Willian and his wife planted another 1,500 trees, and they are seeing a better income from coffee than fique plants. "We can also help our neighbors by giving them work," Willian says.
For more information about coffee production in Colombia, visit our Colombia Origin Page.