Thirty years ago, Edilberto Vergara and his late wife Nubia Henoc moved to Huila specifically to the municipality of Acevedo. Both Don Edilberto and Doña Nubia came from coffee-producing families . Today, Don Edilberto grows several kinds of coffee on 16 hectares with the help of two of his sons, Carlos and Jhoan. Located in the vereda of San Isidro, Las Flores sits between 1,600 and 1,750 m.a.s.l. The property seems to be suspended in the air, above several deep, verdant valleys. Located at the end of a steep, yellow dirt driveway, the Vergara home, the roof to be exact, is a Casa Elba-style drying system. Las Flores is in fact one of two fincas owned by the Vergaras. The other sits lower in the valley, across from a young Pink Bourbon lot, next to a bamboo grove. At the second property, the family also produces coffee, just not specialty coffee. Today, Las Flores is home to Pink Bourbon trees as well as the Tabi, Castillo, Caturra, Maracaturra, Java and Catimor varieties. This microlot is made up of Edilberto’s Castillo beans. During the height of the harvest, Don Edilberto hires 18 pickers to carry out the tedious but crucial cherry collection. Most of the workers come from neighboring veredas, but he has seen an increase in skilled pickers arriving from the coffee-producing departments of Nariño and Cauca. After the coffee is picked at its absolute peak level of ripeness, they are brought up by cable car, and remain intact for 48 hours. The cherry was then de-pulped and dry fermented for an additional 48 hours. Finally, the coffee is washed and put out to dry for 15 days.
We believe the coffee experience is our responsibility from seed to cup. Coffee is our craft, our ritual, our passion. It drives us and inspires us. With this simple truth and responsibility we are bridging the gap from farmlevel to streetlevel. We are verve. Made in santa cruz.