Luis Antonio Botina
Luis Antonio Botina took up coffee farming as a second career later in life–he spent his early years teaching school, earning him the nickname ‘el profesor.’
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This is our first year singling out Luis’ lot. We met him working through the Colombia El Nevado project.
Most of the farmers who cultivate coffee amidst the staggering hills of Nariño are second, third, or fourth generation coffee farmers. Luis is an exception – he took up coffee farming as a second career later in life and he does it with gusto. He spent his early years teaching school, earning him the nickname ‘el profesor.’ We got to know him through the Colombia El Nevado producer project and his beautiful coffee stood out so much, we decided to separate it out and offer it as this limited small batch.
When Luis moved to Nariño with his wife, he became interested in coffee after seeing his neighbors cultivate it. He is also the president of a local reservoir project to bring clean drinking water to the residents of Sandoná.
Luis’ desire to learn and implement good techniques became quickly apparent when we visited his farm, Finca Naranjo Agrio. He incorporated a complex and efficient drying method using drying patios on top of his home with a roof built on rollers for increased maneuverability. When he wants the coffee to dry in full direct sunlight, he slides the roof out of the way. When he wants the coffee parchment shaded or needs to protect the delicate coffee parchment from rain, he slides the roof over to cover the drying patios.