Considered a pioneer in his region, Willington is part of the Nasa ingenious people group, a community that has typically farmed coffee according to the prescribed model of the Colombia National Coffee Grower’s Federation. While this model guarantees a point of sale for their coffee, it places importance on volume over quality and offers an unsustainable price structure.
With encouragement and guidance from Felipe Trujillo of Ventola Coffee (see our Red Honey offering), Willington decided to pursue naturals to distinguish his product from other producers in the area. This decision was important since Natural process coffees are rare in Huila- especially among the indigenous producers. This risk paid off and he was able to achieve a higher cupping score along with a higher price for his coffee. This step of faith by Willington began to influence a small group of producers in Huila who have begun their own experimental processing. With guidance from Felipe and Willington, producers in Huila have the potential for a true change in living standards.
||La Argentina, Huila, Colombia
||Natural, Dried on raised beds