Wilfredo López – Finca Bella Vista

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Wilfredo López Mambuscay

Finca Bella Vista

Tuluá, Valle del Cauca

 2.5 hectares (50% coffee/plantains, 30% native forest, 20% family food crops)

Castillo

1800m (5906ft)

Washed, 12 hour dry fermentation

Low-temp silo

Plantain shade, large area of natural forest

Winey, Cherry, Grapefruit, Citric & Berry-like Acidity


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Farm and Family Background

Wilfredo and his wife have been coffee farmers their whole lives.  They are grandparents to two young boys that live on the farm with them.  Their kids have grown up and moved to cities to find work, but still come back to the farm during both harvest seasons to help pick and process coffee.  Wilfredo was a coffee picker and day-laborer on farms further north when he was young.  

Wilfredo came to Valle del Cauca about 35 years ago with what little he had saved after many years as a farm laborer and purchased a small piece of land to begin farming coffee himself. At that time, everyone was selling off their land to escape the violent insurgency and fleeing to the cities.  Wilfredo seized the opportunity that he saw as his only chance to have a farm of his own, despite the danger of living in this rural area at the time. 

He married his wife, the daughter of a farmer on the other side of the hill, who later inherited that farm when her father passed away.  She still runs that farm and makes decisions regarding it.  They raised their children, and now are raising their grandchildren on the farm.  The deep emotional connection they have to the little piece of land and what it has given them is immediately obvious, as is Wilfredo's contentment with his decision to risk everything coming to Finca Bella Vista so many years ago.

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