Café Granja La Esperanza represents the heart of the Colombian Coffee Culture. The original farm “Potosí” was acquired by Israel Correa and Carmen Rosa Vega (grandmother) in 1930, when they arrived to the northern area of Valle del Cauca, as part of a cultural, economic and social movement called La Colonización Antioqueña (The Antiochian Colonization) where many families, mainly from the Department of Antioquia started to seek unoccupied land in the central and southern regions of Colombia. The couple had 14 children among who was Blanca Ligia Correa (mother) who married Juan Antonio Herrera (father), they were assigned to work and live at the Potosí farm. In 1945 Juan Antonio decided to introduce three different varieties to the existing Typica, and that is how he started a crop of Yellow Bourbon, Red Bourbon and Caturra. This fact embraces the born of Café Granja La Esperanza in 1945.
Over the upcoming years, there were not major changes in their way of life, besides of rising a big family that was the Colombian tradition in those days. Following this and the lack of labor, the children of the family were able to compensate by doing farm work. After 11 children and many years of hard work, the farm was very productive regardless of the internal changes in the country and the ups and downs of the international coffee market. Two of the eleven kids, Rigoberto and Luis, showed special interest in coffee production and processing, deciding to give a new direction to this product, changing the crops to organic in the late 90’s. Besides Potosí, another farm in the Trujillo region was acquired to enlarge the organic production, La Esperanza farm. In the year 2007 Don Rigo had the chance to lease and manage a coffee farm in the region of Boquete in Panama, called “La Carleida”, and a year later obtained the first place in the “Best of Panama”, organized by the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama. At this point he decided to bring some of the Geisha seeds to Colombia, starting a new era in the history of Granja La Esperanza.
“It’s amazing how the world changes through the eyes of a good cup of Coffee”
Donna A. Favors
Today, Café Granja La Esperanza specializes in the production and commercialization of specialty coffee varietals, facing huge challenges as the adaptation of these varietals to the Colombian soil and climate conditions, and facing directly every specialty coffee market around the world. Our profiles are recognized and highly appreciated, and every day we continue to improve and always seeking to make a difference.