El Danubio is a 10 hectare farm located near the town of Planades in the south of Tolima. Tolima is gaining increased attention from the speciality industry, and the cup profile from this region is generally sweeter and heavier in body than the neighbouring Huila. Sadly, Tolima is an area that has suffered unrest in the past decades due to civil war, but thankfully the situation is improving and buyers arwe now visiting the region again. The farm is located on the western slopes of the mountain range that represents the border between northern Huila and southern Tolima. The region is typically dryer than Huila, which often reduces the yeild for producers.
Juan Rodiguez bought El Danubio 5 years ago, using some savings he had accumulated while picking coffee for his family's farm in Cauca, and a small loan from his father. The land had only 3000 trees but with hard woprk he has since planted a further 47,000 to get him to the 50,000 trees he havests today. Now that the trees have matured, his coffee has improved drastically and he is now focusing his efforts on producing micro lots for the speciality industry. Juan uses a traditional pulper but has invested in Penagos eco-pulper to further improve this quality. Juan also pays particular attentionto his drying, adopting an 18 hour dry fermentation process which avoids thermal damage to the coffee by exposing it to heat during the peak of the day. He believes this is the key to his coffee lasting well.