Diego Samuel now was born in Bolivar, Cauca has dedicated the last 15 years of his life to growing coffee and to also gaining a deep understanding and knowledge on the processing and production of high-end specialty coffee that is almost unparalleled in the unique flavour and profiles produced.
As part of a tight knit family Diego works on their farm in Cauca with his wife, two daughters and two brothers. Together they are involved on the pursuit of continual learning and striving to achieve the next level with their processing. They built their own lab on the farm to firstly understand about cupping and roasting so they could then start to curate their own fermentation protocols for them to begin experimenting with. These experiments and novel approach to coffee have allowed to him to soar and exceed winning several awards from 2015 onwards.
As well as being an accomplished cupped Diego has also achieved the CQI level 2 processing course qualification which allowed him to get a base for seeing how cup profiles could be guided depending on microorganisms, ph and temperature. With his partner Wilton Renso Benitez he is part of Indestec who are at the vanguard of coffee processing.
The Villa Esperanza - Paraiso farm in El Tambo, Cauca sits at 1700 masl and covers 27 ha of land and is planted with Castillo, Colombia, Caturra and geisha. The farm focuses on technology and the critical processes that and intricate in producing coffee of this mark. From the selection to the meticulous drying which is done in a way to mitigate the changeable climatic conditions allowing them to replicate coffees of such high standards.
- Picking of ripe cherries (97%) and semi ripe coffee cherries (3%).
- Cherries are washed with sterilised water to decrease microbial load.
- Fermentation in of cherry in aerobic environment for 48 hours in tanks with pressure relief valve at a temperature of 18 degrees Celsius.
- Controlled drying for 120 hours, with air recirculation at a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius and a relative humidity of 25%, until reaching a grain humidity between 10% and 11%.
- Packing in grain pro and stabilization for a minimum of 15 days.
- Dry mill, manual and electronic selection to reach the required physical quality standard.