Finca Los Palomos del Sur (Robinson Pillimue)
Robinson is a member of one of Inza’s most well-known producer families, the Pillimues, who are renowned throughout the region for the high quality of their coffee. Robinson worked on his family’s farms (both immediate and extended family members) throughout his youth and gained much of his expertise ‘on the ground’. More recently, however, he wanted to strike out on his own. In partnership with Leonardo Henao, Pergamino Coffee Roasters’ Director of Quality (a childhood friend), he has now established his own farm, which he has called ‘Los Palomos del Sur’ (Pigeons of the South). The two friends spent more than two years making changes and improvements to the farm after it was first purchased, as the infrastructure was significantly deteriorated. However, now that the changes are made, it is onward and upward, and (we imagine) great things to come. He loves his farm animals which include pigs, sheep, goats, chickens and ducks. He also is an expert with organic practices and has actually opened a bio-factory, creating organic fertilizers for the community.
Colombia is the third largest coffee-producing country in the world, and thanks to its vast array of unique microclimate, are able to have harvests throughout the year.
Commercial coffee cultivation began in the mid-1830s and spread so rapidly that throughout the twentieth century coffee already became the country’s leading export. A mountainous topography and many tropical micro-climates contribute greatly to Colombia’s reputation for ideal growing conditions, which – in turn – have helped Colombia establish itself as a recognisable origin around the world.
The diversity of coffee and profiles found across Colombia is enormous and coffee is harvested practically year-round depending on the region. The main harvest takes place from October to February with November and December being the peak months. There is also a second fly (or ‘mitaca’) crop several months later, again varying by region and microclimate.