About the coffee
Jose Omar Guzman and his family have been running the "Las Delicias" farm for years. Jose's family has been growing coffee for generations. His farm near Oporapa is almost 1,800 meters above sea level. The location of the farm gives you the feeling of being on a balcony (El Balcón) in your villa, with a wonderful view of the valleys of Oporapa. Therefore, it is not surprising that he named his coffee "El Balcon de Huila".
Harvest & post-harvest
The harvest lasts from October to January. After picking, the cherries are fermented in tanks for 50 hours. Then, drying on the terraces takes about 20 days, where the coffee is turned during drying to ensure even drying.
Coffee in Columbia
Colombia has been producing and exporting coffee renowned for their full body, bright acidity and rich aftertaste, since the early 19th century. Colombia boasts a wide range of climates and geographic conditions that, in turn, produce their own unique flavors in coffee. This also means that harvest times can vary quite a bit. In fact, between all its different regions, Colombia produces fresh crop nearly all year round.
The increasing focus on the specialty industry is changing the way traders and farmers do business. It is becoming more common for farmers to isolate the highest quality beans in their lots to market separately. These higher-quality lots are often sold under specific brands or stories. Besides its wide variety of cup profiles, Colombia has quickly expanded its certification options over the past 10 years. The most common certifications available are Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ and Organic.