We’re girls, we’re women, and they don’t have it easy in the coffee world. That’s why we started Chicas Industry and started bringing coffee directly from farmers and women farmers. Sometimes it’s a struggle because the fairer sex is scarce in this business, but it’s even more of a struggle for the women farmers themselves, which is why we support them as much as possible. We are trying to find more and more women farmers to work with. One of them is Ana Lucía Urbano, a determined farmer from the Huila region. This year, for the first time, we have imported her organic certified traditionally washed coffee and it certainly won’t be the last time!
What Ana told us about herself and her project: “My name is Ana Lucía Urbano Pena, I am proud to be a farmer and a single mother. In the 34 years that I have been working with this beautiful product, I have already achieved many victories, such as raising my children and grandchildren. In addition, as a farmer, I am part of several groups made up of women entrepreneurs in this industry in the southern part of the Huila region, some of which I even lead. We work together with them to expand our knowledge in coffee cultivation. This collaboration also helps us in improving the economics of our projects and better providing for our families.
Finally, for this and a thousand other reasons, I am convinced that women can fulfill all their dreams and the dreams of our children with courage and dedication, and that with the help of God, the countryside and coffee, we can all become great entrepreneurs in our field.”
Caturra, Castillo Tambo
“Our family farm 1.810, which I look after, is located in the south of the Huila region, in the village of Santa Rita, which falls under the town of Pitalito. It is here that I work with my family to grow the best coffee in the world. Coffee that carries our love, passion and effort. Our goal has always been to produce sustainably, which is why we have different varieties such as Caturra, Colombia and Castillo Tambo on our 8 hectares of land.”
“When growing coffee, we focus on reducing our ecological footprint and, of course, on its excellent quality. For this reason, our company has always tried to promote environmental care, because as a mother, grandmother and wife, I want future generations to enjoy the place I call home. Thus, our project also includes a 23-hectare forest that is extremely important for biodiversity and connection with other reserves in our region.
Thanks to these ecological processes, the decent work done for our employees and our exceptional quality, our brand has five prestigious certifications recognized around the world.”
This lot is a blend of the traditional Caturra and Castillo Tambo varieties. The latter is a local mutation of the Castillo variety ‘discovered’ near Tambo in the Cauca region a few years ago. It is almost identical in genetics and slightly sweeter in taste than the classic Castillo.
This variety is processed using the traditional washed method. When picking coffee, the focus is mainly on ripe cherries. This is followed by floating out the lower quality coppers. The coffee cherries are then de-skinned and fermented for approximately 16 hours. They are then washed and dried.