One of the exciting pleasures as coffee roasters is finding new sources. It can be daunting in a world with so many options and possibilities, but rewarding when you find one that not only tastes unique and delicious but is also produced by people and practices we believe in and want to support. For example; this new Certified Organic Micro-Lot from Finca Las Cañas located in Gaitania, Tolima, Colombia, Produced by Duberney Cupaque.
Finca Las Cañas lies within theindigenous reserve of SanPedro where the Nasa We’sxtribe live peacefully in harmony
with the land and nature, which is respected and cared for like a family member by the Paez people. The reserve is
extremely isolated, in the shadow of the perpetually snow-capped Nevado del Huila volcano that provides fertile, volcanic soil. In the late 80’s when the FARC insurgents attempted to take control of the area, Elver and the Paez
people took up arms and staged a fierce resistance, eventually leading to a peace accord with the guerrilla in
1992, 25 years before the rest of the country was able.
Duberney has spent his entire life working the land on his family’s farm on the San Pedro reserve, an environment totally different from the rest of Colombia. Here, traditional customs such as medicine, food, and education are respected and the Paez language is spoken. Spanish is only spoken to outsiders and known only by some in the community that have spent time away. Food is grown on the farm whenever possible and agriculture is strictly organic. Not for a price premium or to please inspectors, but out of respect for the land and the people that work it. While some deforestation has occurred as a result of technical recommendation in the 80’s, the Nasa We’sx have realized the error of these methods and are taking steps to recuperate native flora.
Special thanks to Direct Origin Trading for finding, sourcing, and supporting such growers and producers.