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Finally we found a lot of Supremo from Huila, it has been our second visit in the search for interesting coffees and Gigante has been the small town that we selected. On our visit we totally loved how coffee growers manage to maintain quality in a very sustainable way, specially in Garzon, where the geographical location and the weather conditions are the biggest advantage, this means that in most locations they have production all year round, the fields are also classified in a way that allows constant production. This becomes a constant source of income for the growers, pickers and their families. We had the pleasure to visit three farms, which gave us enough information and comfort to decide that our next lot of Supremo has to come from Huila, specially Gigante (translates to Giant), because to as, they are the giants of the production.

For instance, we met Sergio Falla, he has lands in this area, it is indescribable the amount of effort and commitment that he puts into every crop. He knows how many plants there are in each farm, he has calculated how many Kg of parchment each plant can produce per year and how much income he can get out of it, even though he fertilizes three times per year. He also built a building in the middle of the plantation to consolidate the daily production, with a kitchen and enough bathrooms for the pickers to use during harvesting time, this is done in order to save time and energy in transport. All the cherries are processed at the same place, the varietals are Caturra, Castillo and Thabi (which is very unusual these days). He also cares about the environment so much that he created the way to use rain water for the washing process, he found the way to drain it onto a huge dam, he is also developing in house an organic fertilizer which is made mainly from the remaining skin of the red cherries once it is peeled, this organic fertilizer and its nutrients will go back to the plantations once it is ready. He also built a Bio digester, which looks like a huge balloon that inflates capturing the gases that are released due to the decomposition of the honey waters that come after the washing process, so that it can be re used in other daily activities, at the same time he plans to use these gases to develop a natural fuel which can later be used for the machinery in the farm.

This is just an example of how exciting is to work with farmers who not just care about their own income but also about the impact on the environment. Hopefully more become aware of this activities and of the positive change in the environment. 

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