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William Buitrago

Expanding across the eastern slopes of the Andes in the central West of Colombia is the department of Tolima. This region is the third-largest coffee producing area in Colombia thanks to its climbing altitudes and ideal climates. Additionally, the Magdalena River basin carves through Tolima, bringing freshwater and nutrients to the soils.

It is here where William Buitrago grows coffee on his 5-hectares of land called La Esperanza. He not only grows exceptional coffee but also raises bees for honey. A ton of honey is produced from his 30 colonies each year, and with the presence of these pollinators, it is an added natural benefit to the coffee trees on the farm. The two are deeply connected, especially when flowering occurs and bees travel from one blossom to another, helping make it a successful harvest months later.

  • Farm William Buitrago
  • Varietal Caturra, Colombia
  • Process Fully washed
  • Altitude 2,030 metres above sea level
  • Town / City China Alta, Ibagué
  • Region Tolima
  • Owner William Buitrago
  • Tasting Notes Bruised plum, mango, creamy
  • Farm Size 11 hectares
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William Buitrago

William lives with his wife, Aminta, and his children Mauricio and Geraldine, on the farm. They work together to manage the coffee and the bees. The river La China is nearby, with wonderful natural waterfalls making it a truly wondrous place.

After the cherries are handpicked, they are pulped to remove the external fruit and washed. The beans then undergo a mixed fermentation for two days before being dried in the open sun on patios with removable roofs.

About Colombia

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.