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Luis Carlos Guzman

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Green Coffee Producer Luis Carlos Guzmán

Producer Luis Carlos Guzmán

I am dedicated to coffee growing because of my grandparents, they are the ones who passed on to me the dedication and love for coffee. I have been a coffee producer since 2003, although I have been dedicated to coffee growing for 17 years. For me the cultivation of coffee is a tradition that comes from my grandparents to my parents, they have instilled in me this wonderful crop.

Why are you involved in coffee growing?

My grandparents instilled in me since I was a child the coffee culture, and that is how I began to get excited about the world of coffee and its culture.

How long have you been working in coffee production?

I started working professionally in coffee production 17 years ago.

El Diviso farm coffee tree

What is the most satisfying part of your job?

The results in coffee excellence after the efforts involved in a harvest. For me, this is an achievement in all aspects of coffee growing.

What are the most critical moments in the production process of your coffees?

Low winter temperatures and the consequences on the harvest. Another critical moment is the rise in fertilizer prices.

What stage in the harvest do you consider the most important?

The moment that determines the entire harvest is the harvest, which is why we dedicate all our effort and attention to this stage.

What is the most delicate stage in the coffee production process?

The most delicate stage is the fermentation and drying process, which requires supervision and dedication.

What quality controls do you apply to your coffees in the production chain?

We apply all the controls that are within our reach and knowledge in order to obtain the best quality coffee.

How many members does your coffee production process team have?

In low production time from 4 to 6 people, and in harvest time from 10 to 15 people.
Trabajador de la finca El Diviso

What is the coffee culture like in your region?

In my opinion it is a bit retrograde, many coffee growers are reluctant to implement technological innovation on their farms and remain rooted to traditional methods.

What information would you like to receive from roasters about your coffees?

What profiles are obtained in the final tasting and how to improve the quality.

What is the social aspect that worries you the most in the sector?

An aspect of social concern is the lack of unity among coffee growing families. We are gradually looking to have a connection and support each other.
El Diviso Farm of Colombian Coffee Origin

How is your farm different from others in the same region?

The other farms do not manage processes and experiments to obtain specialty coffees, and consequently have less production.

What do you think the future will be like for coffee farms?

It is difficult because every day fewer and fewer people want to work in the fieldsdue to the lack of guarantees from the government itself.

What is your coffee dream?

To be one of the best growers of specialty coffees, with knowledge and learning, to have my own laboratory within the farm and in the long term to have my own brand of coffee.

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