The Los Pirineos estate, currently owned by Carlos Andres Alzate Durando, has been a coffee tradition for more than 150 years, as it belonged to Luis Vallejo, his great grandfather: later passing to his parents, who then for the past 15 years, have handed over their legacy to their son Carlos Andres. The estate is located near the town of Apia in the Risaralda Department in Colombia.
The established coffee cultivation has a total of 28,500 trees, of which 23,000 are of the Caturra varietal and the remaining 5,500 Castillo Rosario. The farm is located at altitudes of 1740 - 1844 metres above sea level and has a very favourable micro climate for the production of high quality coffees. The coffee is grown in the shade of walnut, cedar and pine trees.
Carlos Durando has been working to implement a system that allows it to transform the old schemes of intensive production and high environmental inpact for a system of coffee production that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. To this end, he has improved the cultural practices of crop management, seeking to take advantage of the competitive and comparative advantages offered by his lands and crops to produce a single origin coffee, differentiated by its high quality.
Carlos Durando belongs to the new generation of coffee growers who seek to produce coffees with added value. To achieve this purpose, he has been training not only in the agricultural field, but also in the coffee cupping and has trained as a barista.