Papayo's Nectar

In the shadow of the Andes, where the air is crisp and the soil is rich, the story of Villa Betulia began to unfold. Fifteen years ago, Luis Anibal Calderon embarked on a journey that would not only change his life but also the lives of those around him. His farm, Villa Betulia, was his canvas, and coffee was his paint.

The early days were filled with the familiar. The classic coffee varieties of Castillo and Colombia grew in neat rows, their beans glistening with the morning dew. But as the years passed, Luis Anibal felt a restlessness, a desire for something more, something extraordinary. It was then that he turned to the Geisha variety, a coffee bean with a reputation as alluring as its name.

The introduction of Geisha was a turning point for Villa Betulia. It was as if the farm had awakened from a long slumber, ready to embrace a new destiny. With each harvest, the farm’s reputation grew, and soon, coffee connoisseurs from far and wide began to whisper the name Villa Betulia with reverence.

But Luis Anibal did not stop there. His quest for diversity led him to cultivate over 20 unique coffee varieties, transforming Villa Betulia into a tapestry of taste and aroma. Among these, the Papayo variety shone like a star, its process a meticulous dance of time and nature.

The Papayo cherries would first take a 24-hour bath in tanks, absorbing the essence of the fruit. Then, they would ferment for 36 hours, a period of transformation where the true character of the bean began to emerge. After depulping, the beans would lay under the sun on blue patios, basking for 12 days before resting for 20, a period of anticipation for the flavors that would soon delight the senses.

The altitude of Villa Betulia, 1,800 meters above sea level, was a gift from the heavens. Here, the coffee cherries matured slowly, their flavors deepening, becoming more complex with each passing day. The semi-washed process only enhanced this, ensuring that every bean was a jewel waiting to be discovered.

Luis Anibal’s vision was contagious. His family, his neighbors, his entire community caught the fever of his passion. Together, they worked the land, shared their knowledge, and celebrated their successes. The Catuai micro-lot was their collective triumph, a symbol of their unity and their commitment to excellence.

As the sun sets on Villa Betulia, the air is filled with the scent of coffee and the sound of laughter. It is a place where every bean tells a story, every cup is a journey, and every sip is a reminder that in the heart of Huila, there is a farm where dreams are cultivated, and legends are born.

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