ABOUT THE FARMER
Elmer Restrepo was 17 years-old when he first commenced his journey into coffee. His grandfather started his own coffee farm, and that is where Elmer would work. While working on the farm and experiencing what producing coffee really was, he became more and more passionate about it. He saw how much of a necessity it was around the world, and wanted to do more to contribute to how it was produced. At first, Elmer became an intermediary for private coffee exporting buyers, and then from there, he was converted into a coffee producer. Now, Elmer is the sole proprietor of the Finca Chambaku and Jardin in the municipality of Chinchiná, Caldas in Colombia. Coffee culture is very important to Elmer, so he sought out to investigate new varieties of coffee, while implementing new ways on how to process such coffee varieties and bring them into the marketplace. Elmer and his team were able to introduce processes such as natural, honey and fruit fermentation to their coffees in order to enrich its quality and flavors. In order to create such processes, Elmer always strives to work with a high percentage of organic and compostable fertilization practices to contribute to the health of the soil. Elmer’s farm now has about 280-300 coffee trees they use for production.