Colombia - Pablo Yugue - Gesha Blend - Washed
Varietals: Gesha, Caturra, Común and Colombia
Altitude: 1880 MASL
Community: Yaquivá Indigenous Reserve
Farm: La Planada
First Fermentation: Coffee cherries (16 hours)
Second Fermentation: Mucilage (30 hours)
Drying: Parabolic drying bed (30 days)
Farm Size: 2 hectares
Shade Trees: Guamos, avocado, and chachafruto
Other Crops: Oranges and pineapple
About Don Pablo Yugue, from Cosecha Traders:
Well into his years, Don Pablo keeps working away to raise his 11 children and
numerous grandchildren. One thinks that he should retire or hang up his hat,
and then you try his coffee, and think, I hope this man never stops producing.
Don Pablo doesn't have memories of coffee farming with his family at an
early age, like most producers. In fact, he suffered the loss of his parents
when he was 2 years old. When he was 10, he moved to Huila to work on
coffee farms picking and processing coffee cherries. He moved back to
Inzá, where he was born, and lived in the home his parents left him when
they passed; farming coffee the way he learned to do throughout his life, and
where he has lived for the last 40 years.
He possesses the stoicism of other Nasa indigenous peoples. He is
straightforward and concise when he speaks. His answers carry in them the
weight of wisdom and honesty that one finds often, so far away from the busy
lights of the big city.
Don Pablo perceives himself as a fighter, who has suffered in life, but has learned
that coffee gave him a helping hand when he most needed it. “I am an older
man, but I will keep farming coffee until I can't anymore,” says Don Pablo.