Finca La Mesa is sat just outside of the picturesque town of Jardin in Antioquia in the village of La Linda. The small 2,5ha farm belongs to Silvana Espinosa who acquired the farm 5 year ago. Since then she has set about developing her knowledge of coffee production as well as developing the infrastructure of the farm. There have been difficult times on the farm with Dona Silvana remembering times when they didn’t have the money to pay the workers because the coffee hadn’t dried enough to sell yet. This lesson in particular helped them to become more organised and build increased drying space like the drying tent they invested in. Through the hard work on the farm they are producing excellent quality coffee year on year now.
Silvana is part of the Cooperativa Andes which is one of the biggest in Colombia with 6000 members. The coop is very socially focused and is one of the first in Colombia to begin a pension fund for its members. As well as this Silvana is part of the micro lot program the coop runs by providing extra support and technical advice to those with real potential and drive.
In the harvest there are usually 5 workers helping to pick the ripe cherry from the trees. Each Ha has about 4800 tress which the workers will pass through every 6 – 8 days usually. Once collected the coffees is the pulped and left to dry ferment for 24 hours. After this the coffee is then washed and floated to remove the immature beans. The coffee is then transferred to the drying tent where it dries for 8 – 15 days weather depending.