15 answers to 15 questions
"My dream is to be the best natural coffee producer in Colombia".
Producer Hertson Bernal
I am dedicated to coffee growing, because I have worked in coffee plantations since I was a child.
In 2006 I bought the La Esperanza farm and became a producer”.
With time and patient and constant work, Hertson has also made the farm his home, where he has built it. Shortening his pampered coffee plantations, working on his new mill, a new dryer, and renovating coffee trees, Hertson is constantly evolving with many challenges in his mind with his farm still to be undertaken.
Why are you involved in coffee growing?
I am dedicated to coffee growing, because I have worked in coffee plantations since I was a child. and in this region of the south of Huila it is produced very well, since we have fertile lands and microclimates that help our coffee to be of excellent quality, and it is one of the crops that contributes in great majority, if not, the whole economic theme of the area, and this benefits mostly our families and also I am passionate about working with coffee.
How long have you been working in coffee production?
All my life I have worked in the cultivation of coffee, but since 2006, when we bought the La Esperanza farm, I became a producer, and since then I have been involved in specialty coffees.
What is the most satisfying part of your job?
What I find most satisfying is doing what I am passionate about, plus going through the process of roasting and tasting the fruits of my labor is great.
What are the most critical moments in the production process of your coffees?
In the production of coffee we find several critical moments that are at the beginning of the year, we need summer for the coffee to flourish, because according to the weather so is the harvest. We found another critical point, which is not making fertilizations on time so that the fruit has a full filling, and finally we found that at peak harvest there is not enough manpower for harvesting.
What stage in the harvest do you consider the most important?
Firstly, the harvesting of the fruits, since this is where a lot of time and effort is reflected, but no less important is the drying process, since this is where our work as coffee producers ends.
What is the most delicate stage in the coffee production process?
The most delicate is the drying process, because almost always the harvest is in rainy weather and we make a great effort to dry as much as possible in optimal conditions.
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What do you think the future will be like for coffee farms?
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