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Hacienda el Jardín
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The project

Adopt a coffee field from the farm "Hacienda el Jardín" in Chinchina Villamaria (Colombia) and receive your harvest in the form of coffee beans at home. The Farmer Elmer will take care for your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt a coffee field from the farm "Hacienda el Jardín" in Chinchina Villamaria (Colombia) and receive your harvest in the form of coffee beans at home. The Farmer Elmer will take care for your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
Adopt a coffee field from our farm in Chinchina Villamaria (Colombia). During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your coffee field. By adopting a coffee field, we are reserving for you, the harvests of approximately 12 coffee trees from our Hacienda El Jardin, in Colombia. The Castillo variety is one of the typical varieties in Colombia. It is a pest resistant variety because it is very rustic and adapted to the environment. It was obtained by the cross-pollination of the Caturra X Hibrido de Timor varieties. After generations of successful selection of the best lines ; they’ve propagated and evolved in different locations in Colombia’s national coffee zone. The coffee plants are cultivated as small shrubs, but they can grow to be more than 8 meters. They have dark green, hard, and glossy leaves. The flowers, and later the fruits, will develop in the axillas of the leaves. We grow and collect the cherries from your coffee trees for you, with which we make 2.72 kgs (6 lbs) of roasted coffee beans. Through the adoption system we can plan better, managing to link coffee production to real consumer demand. Having the security of sales at a just price motivates us to make an effort in the day-to-day work done on the coffee farm; for it is our commitment and work ethic that is at stake. We have worked to enhance flavors through the fermentation processes. After harvesting, the fruit is left to rest in the tanks for an average of 12 hours. The resting time will depend on the type of coffee you want to develop, and the altitude and climate of the farm. The intention is for the bean to absorb the sugars from the fruit. Once the necessary time has passed the pulp is removed from the fruit and then left again for an additional period of fermentation. The length of time is determined by the type of coffee you want to develop. An intense flavor like that of an espresso is obtained with high roasts. If you want to enhance aromas and flavor notes, a milder roast is best. For a coffee to be denominated as a specialty coffee, it must exceed among other things, 80 points from the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). We take excellence a little further since all of our coffees have obtained a rating of 84 points according to the SCA classification The productive life of a coffee field is around 20 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your coffee field dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others.
What will you receive?
The box we will send you contains: 3x __Progeny coffee beans of the “castillo” variety, Espresso Roast__ (453.59g bag) 3x __Progeny coffee beans of the “castillo” variety, Medium Roast__, ideal for American coffee makers (453.59g bag) * It is a coffee with sweet, honeyed aromas, and notes of caramel * Acidity and pronounced body which lingers in the mouth * Shipped sealed in natural cane fiber bags * It is kept in a dry place at room temperature and away from the sun * Consume it 6 months after receiving it * Each bag is personalized with the name given by the CrowdFarmer to the coffee tree * The box in which we ship your coffee is made out of recycled corrugated cardboard There are various quality control checks that are done to make coffee. The first is done at harvest time, only collecting the fruits with the most mucilage (honey) and those with the best color. The second one is done at the time of fermentation: the coffee is put in water and the poor quality beans float up to the top. The bad beans are removed from the lot, and finally the last selection is made in the thresher, where it is selected by color and weight.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. The fruits of the coffee trees ripen throughout the year. Twice a year (once in summer and again in winter), we do the drying, roasting, and shipping of the coffee.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
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How does it work?

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Meet the Farmers

Adopt and plan your harvest

Adopt and plan your harvest

Let the Farmer and nature work

Let the Farmer and nature work

Receive your harvest at home

Receive your harvest at home

Adoptions available until the 25/10/2020
Delivery starting on the 14/01/2021

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Delivery country Spain

Final price:

86.35€ / Season

Includes adoption, preparation and shipment of the order.

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Elmer Restrepo
My name is Elmer Restrepo and all my life I have been surrounded by coffee. I have never worked in the field, which does not mean that I don’t like it but that I have been in another branch of the coffee process. My dream had always been to have a farm and even more that it would be a coffee farm. In 2019 I had the opportunity to purchase a few lots of coffee, but my story began at a young age. I worked with coffee in the milling plants where I started at the bottom and my desire to succeed helped motivate me to acquire my own milling plant. I did this in order to help coffee growers. In the end I became a coffee grower myself, learning and adapting to lots of new tasks. No two days on the farm are ever the same, it all depends on the work that is being done. But the day in the field starts very early so that we can make the most of it. On a normal day, we work the lots normally, weed and carry out pest controls. We are in the lots at 6 am and we work until 9 am which is when they bring us breakfast. From there we continue weeding with the tools and go to the main house for lunch at 12 noon. We resume operations at 2 in the afternoon and finish at 4:30 pm. My mission is to be able to pay good salaries to my workers and help to improve their lifestyle. Colombian coffee prices are not very good and growing good quality coffee is expensive, which leads us to seek new opportunities to continue with my dream and to be able to provide superior qualities. I have always liked to help people; it’s special when I have whole families relying on me. It is gratifying to give people new opportunities; and when everything is done with love, it is reflected in the outcomes. I came into contact with Progeny Coffee in 2016. I became their partner for the milling of their beans. Since then we have built a great working relationship and friendship. We have created a great alliance in our mission to close the coffee production chain (production, milling, export and sale) among all. __Progeny Coffee__ Progeny is a project created by young Colombians who are developing direct sales channels between coffee growers and consumers. María J. Palacio, daughter and granddaughter of Colombian coffee growers, is the founder and CEO of Progeny Coffee. Maria is the voice of these coffee growers, from the outside but also from the inside. In recent years, María has had the opportunity to travel half the world, noticing that the coffee that consumers normally have access to has become a “commodity”. Being a "commodity", it is difficult or impossible to know who has grown it, under what techniques and under what economic conditions. From inside her country (Colombia), María has organized a group of coffee growers to bet on the quality of their crops. Her formula to achieve this? that coffee growers choose to be the protagonists not only of the cultivation, but also of the sale of their own coffees. In the words of María: “For a coffee farmer to be motivated to produce quality, you have to make him participate in the entire value chain. Just as consumers want to know the producers better, the producers must also get to know the consumers. It will help them feel special and be convinced that it is worth investing in a responsible and high quality crop ”.
Elmer Restrepo

"With this project we can give new hope to a population that has been victimized by many complicated situations, and thus create new hopes and new ways of life. I always like to help people and even more when many families depend on me. For me, it is rewarding to give people new opportunities. When things are done with love, the fruits are visible."

Hacienda el Jardín
Hacienda el Jardín
Since 2019 I, Elmer Restrepo, have been responsible for the productive lots at Hacienda El Jardin. My dream is to generate sustainable and high quality coffee growing; taking advantage of the high potential of these lands, through my knowledge of the processes inside and outside the farm. I continue the work that Mr. Alvaro Naranjo began in 1996 when he acquired a coffee farm called Parana. Passionate about coffee growing and its lands , Don Alvaro bought neighboring farms from coffee growers who wanted, at that time, to move away from agriculture due to economic difficulties during the coffee crisis. Hacienda El Jardín is located in the municipality of Villamaria, belonging to the coffee department of Caldas. Specifically, it is located in Los Cuervos , 10 minutes from the municipal seat of Chinchina, Caldas. The topography of the soil is undulating, with mountainous and flat areas as well as clay-loam and sandy-loam soils. The height above sea level for the productive lots remains between 1,423 and 1,525 meters, achieving agro-climatic variations that allow greater benefits in the quality of the coffee. The farm has over 7 hectares of forest which plays as home to various animals and a large number of birds. We are surrounded by mountains which generate very special micro-climates that promote a great variety of flavors. Caldas is located in the heart of the main coffee zone in the country. The development of coffee growing has allowed the Caldense countryside to be one of the most modernized in the country. The development of an infrastructure that facilitated the production and commercialization of coffee allowed the integration between rural and urban life with the consequent modernization of the countryside. It is usual for “farmers" and day laborers to move from towns or cities to meet the demands of the crop. The high economic, social and cultural levels that were forged during more than 70 years of coffee production were seriously affected by the coffee crisis. The Colombian coffee industry was affected by the collapse of prices as a reflection of a very wide international offer, focused more on quantity than on quality. Many coffee growers could not cope with production and Chinchiná endured the worst crisis of public order, common crime and social decomposition, which led to it becoming a marginal area Slowly the situation has been improving, and at Hacienda El Jardín we are committed to generating employment in the region to recover healthy work habits in the area. We are a team of 69 full-time people throughout the year, of which 4 are administrative staff, 40 are in charge of the coffee harvest, 35 men and 5 women, and we have a total of 25 day laborers. We also hire part-time workers who help us with diverse tasks (mainly picking) which is when we need help the most. All of the staff who work on the farm are well paid, and even more so when we talk about specialty coffee, since they take extra care when it comes to the harvesting and fermentation processes. We get the water for our crops naturally since we are in an area with a tropical climate and we are blessed to have 3 water sources on the farm, so we do not need automated irrigation systems. Each tree needs 40 cubic cm of water per month. We grow in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. We only use organic and environmentally friendly mediums. This makes pest and weed control more difficult, but this controlled management creates a suitable environment for native species. To control CBB (Coffee Bean Borer), the main pest of coffee; native tasks are carried out: traps, follow-up counts, early and constant collection of beans and assuring that no beans are left in the soil that can promote the reproduction of the CBB. Furthermore, we are also using the Beauveria Bassiana fungus, which is proving very effective. We are also taking benefit from the coffee husk which we’re using as compost after its decomposed, and thus use what many consider garbage as organic fertilizer. We have a composting area and we accelerate the decomposition of the shell through the use of beneficial microorganisms. In addition, we’re using the coffee mucilage to make beverages for human consumption, which have many healthy properties.
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Technical information
Address
Hacienda el Jardín, Chinchina Villamaria, CO
Altitude
1423 - 1525 m
Size
150ha
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