Finca Santa Maria is one of our favorite Direct Trade partners. During our visits to the farm, we have always been impressed with their level of commitment to sustainability and quality. On top of the farming initiatives, the thing that impresses us most about the farm is the family values. To Armando, the most important thing is the relationship. He stressed the importance of passing on his passion for coffee farming to his children and the benefits of a strong relationship with us, the buyers. Good management goes well beyond producing great coffee, it is about coming together with enriching experiences, family and friendship.
The growing conditions at Finca Santa Maria and the Nariño region are very unique. Located at over 6000 feet, its long hours of sunlight and hot springs allow the coffee trees to grow in higher, colder altitudes. This leads to a bean that we value for its greater level of sweetness and acidity. Armando is also focused on innovations they have been implementing on the farm, such as irrigation, traditional processing methods and the introduction of new varietals.
In 2013, just as harvest was underway, Armando and his family suffered an attack by bandits on their farm
, destroying and stealing equipment essential to harvesting and processing their coffee. In an effort to save their year's hard work, we held a fundraising effort
that was made successful by you, our friends and customers. In the end, the money we raised was able to save this harvest and give them the leverage they needed to continue harvesting this year.
Buesaco, Nariño, Colombia , January 26, 2014
We are still amazed and grateful for the grand gesture you made toward us in times of adversity, not only for our material losses but also because it affected us emotionally. Your help provided support for our desires, our projects, and hopes. This is what gives value to life, and the support you provided us was one of the most important factors that stimulated us to go ahead despite the harsh reality we found ourselves in. The biggest lesson we learned is how to recognize the sensitivity of people who are far away from us and yet so close to our heart.
We are pleased to tell you that your economic support was of great help. Due to the low internal price of coffee and the assault on the farm, we ran out of working capital, but with your help we were able to meet the maintenance needs of the farm such as fertilizers, payments for labor, and purchase of some of the most essential equipment. All of the economic help went into our first priority which was to end the harvest and ensure the next. Thanks to you, this seems to be going well. Most importantly, my wife, children, and I are very encouraged to move on.
We hope that God overflows you with blessings and that you enjoy our coffee and continue to buy it. As you know it is our job and we do it with love for special people like you.
Juan Pablo, Valeria, Magaly, and Armando
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