CoE 2015 Ranking: 25
Farm: La Golondrina
Farmer: Lourdes Meneses Gómez
Birth Place & Date: Pitalito, Huila, September 19, 1966
Parents: Patrocinio Meneses / Cecilia Gómez
Husband’s Name: Single mother
Study Level: Secondary School
Farm: La Golondrina
Vereda (Rural District): El Mesón
Total Area Grown with Coffee: 2.46 hectares
% planted with resistant varieties (Colombia y Castillo): 80%
% planted with susceptible varieties (Caturra): 20%
% of Young Technologically Advanced Coffee Plantations: 100%
Other farm crops: banana, corn.
Post-harvest processing (“Beneficio”): natural fermentation
Drying: in the sun(parabolic system)
Score at Cup of Excellence 2015: 85.70
She describes herself as a woman who every day thanks the work example taught, sometimes mandatorily, by her parents both to her and her siblings. She has learnt to face daily challenges of her destiny since she became a single mother. Thanks to her small coffee business, given as an anticipated inheritance, and hard work to produce coffee and other products, such as banana, yucca, corn and beans (in addition to her kitchen garden), she has managed to provide secondary school to all her children.
"I've had to work as a day laborer and coffee hand-picker to fully pay costs of the responsibilities I have taken over," Lourdes says. “It’s the example I give to my children and eight grandchildren."
“I'm restless, inquisitive, strict, consistent in my goals and very responsible for my actions. I decided to try what it was to take part in a quality competition, thinking about giving more value and meaning to my work. I hear and am respectful of others’ opinions. I believe in the coffee institutions because they have for long supported coffee growers. I’m convinced that my coffee is a healthy and well-processed product, as the Federation teaches us. I increasingly love my farm and I think I won’t leave it. I believe in associativity and so I decided to belong to an association called “Brisas del Guarapas”, following their recommendations and sharing with other coffee farmers the experiences that will be useful for me to improve what has been done so far.
|Farm Name||La Golondrina|
|Farmer/Rep.||Lourdes Meneses Gomez|
|Size (30kg boxes)||48|
|Program||Colombia North 2015|
|Aroma/Flavor||Brown sugar, sweet chocolate, roasted nuts, sugar cane, cedar, sweet tobacco, spicy, pear|
|Other||Viscous, honey, creamy|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||2540|
|High bidders||Wataru & Co., Ltd.|