Our Fifth Year With El Faldón, Colombia
In that time, it has been our pleasure to watch that relationship flourish first hand. As the market has swung, and the last two years, bottomed below the costs of production, the price transacted for this coffee (we buy all of his specialty production) has remained stable. And of course his coffee has never tasted better! With this level of stability, Rubén has been more empowered than ever to invest in his farm. In three years of being hosted on El Faldón, we've seen the beneficio rebuilt with a new, motorized depulper, fresh tile, and a newly designed washing channel. The drying capacity has been tripled, replacing sun-exposed patio with one (and then two) parabola-covered drying beds. The homestead has been transformed, first with the additions of a modern commercial oven/range and then a modern refrigerator (both rarities in Latin American agrarian locales). The house has been remodeled with fresh stucco, paint, and Rubén's crowing luxury: tile throughout, replacing the cement of the bedrooms, kitchen, and veranda. Last year, he completed construction on a new road to the farm, dramatically improving the efficiency and ease of bringing coffee down to town via burros.