Colombia Finca Villa Lara Castillo 2021
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Villa Lara | Jonathan Lara Parke & Beatriz Gomez Cala
Villa Lara is a coffee farm in the village of Yerabuena in the department of Cundinamarca, Colombia that embraces all aspects of sustainability and fosters not only a sense of belonging to a responsible community, but presents opportunities for its workers to successfully advance in their individual life paths. Our new Villa Lara Castillo is a single-varietal coffee that is the result of the stewardship of Villa Lara's owners, Jonathan Lara Parke and Beatriz Gomez Cala.
After a 10-day vacation to Colombia in 2004 Jonathan Lara Parke impulsively decided to take early retirement as a Special Education Teacher in Vermont, USA and explore new horizons. His Spanish, at the time, was limited to a half dozen words and his only experience with coffee was drinking it on occasion.
Beatriz, Jonathan's wife, a native Colombian, grew up in the rural area of Socorro where she worked on her grandparent’s farm before moving to Bogotá to obtain her degree in Business Administration and eventually work for an international company.
Jonathan and Beatriz's paths crossed in a restaurant and they were married several years later. In 2010 they bought an abandoned farm roughly a 4 hours drive from Bogotá.
Beatriz continued to work in the city while Jonathan worked on building their home to have the basics: running water, bathroom and kitchen in working condition. Their idea at the time was to have a small working/recreational farm and raise some beef cattle while remaining based in Bogotá where Beatriz would continue working as an administrator and Jonathan would be involved in educational consulting.
However, a chance meeting with an agronomist with the National Federation of Coffee Growers steered them toward an incentive program to revitalize Colombia’s Coffee Industry. Over the next several years Jonathan and Beatriz started planting what would eventually amount to 45,000 coffee plants. At first the focus was to produce a volume of “good quality coffee,” but it soon became obvious that their attention to detail and desire for perfection were more suited to producing micro-lots of high quality coffee.
Villa Lara not only produces quality coffee; they are focused on social issues and environmental sustainability. Vila Lara is fully compliant with (and in many cases exceeds) all labor laws and guidelines. Living conditions are excellent and their workers are treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Villa Lara also recycles everything possible, keeps nearly 35% of the farm for conservation and has planted over 6,000 trees not only as shade for the coffee plants, but to protect sensitive wildlife habitats and vital water sheds.
Finca Villa Lara currently has 3,700 trees growing Tabi variety and 33,170 Castillo variety. An additional 3,682 trees have been planted within the coffee in order to provide shade, organic matter and soil conservation.
With 16 coffee-producing regions along three mountain ranges and two harvests each year, Colombia is a fresh coffee powerhouse. The South American origin also has access to both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, which is a unique blessing for shipping logistics. Read more in our Colombia Origin Report.
Photo: Jonathan Lara Parke and Beatriz Gomez Cala on Villa Lara.
Region Guaduas, Cundinamarca
Jonathan Lara Parke & Beatriz Gomez Cala - Villa Lara