CoE 2015 Ranking: 19b
Farm: La Villa
Farmer: Roberto Carvajal Penagos
Birth Place & Date: Garzón, Huila, October 1st, 1969
Parents: Carlos Julio Carvajal& Rosa Elena Penagos
Wife’s Name: Nora Joven Murcia
Academic Level: Primary School
Farm: Las Villas – El Futuro
Vereda (Rural District): La Miguela
Total Area Grown with Coffee: 7.97hectares
% planted with resistant varieties (Colombia y Castillo): 39.5%
% planted with susceptible varieties (Caturra): 60.5%
% of Young Technologically Advanced Coffee Plantations: 100%
Other farm crops: no
Post-harvest processing (“Beneficio”):Pulping machine withlater quick wash
Drying: in the sun(“elba” roof house)
Certifications: UTZ, FLO, 4C
Score at Cup of Excellence 2015: 86.33
“With God I wake up, with God I go to bed,” is my first sentence of the day. Then I drink a great cup of the coffee grown on my farm and I’m ready to start my workday. I’m Roberto Carvajal Penagos, a proud Colombia n coffee grower.
I was born in the municipality of Garzón, the diocesan capital of Huila, on October 1st, 1969. I am 45 years old, the son of farming parents: my father Carlos Julio Carvajal and my mother Rosa Elena Penagos, to whom I’m grateful for having educated me and taught me to love and feel passion for coffee growing.
I lived my childhood and youth in the San Antonio del Pescado rural district, which belongs to the municipality of Garzón. I worked a large part of my life as a day laborer and coffee picker in the municipality of Guadalupe. It was then that I met my future wife, Nora Joven Murcia, with whom I have spent all this time. She has been my support in all the decisions I have made. I have six children and I thank God for having blessed me with a large, beautiful and very united family.
In 2004 I had a great opportunity and bought the Las Villas farm, a little plot that I started seeing as a business. I began the work of modernizing my coffee plantations, seeking the help of the Colombia n Coffee Growers Federation. I started implementing good agricultural practices and in 2010 I took part for the first time in the Cup of Excellence competition; I did not qualify as a finalist, but there I realized I had to persevere to achieve my goals, and now I thank God and my family for having reached the 19b ranking in this year’s competition. I feel happy and proud for being in this position, I only hope to live many years more to continue participating and demonstrate that everything that one longs for can be achieved. Finally, I want to say a thousand thanks and blessings, and the doors of my farm and my family will always be open.
|Farm Name||La Villa|
|Farmer/Rep.||Roberto Carvajal Penagos|
|Size (30kg boxes)||48|
|Program||Colombia North 2015|
|Aroma/Flavor||Pineapple, blueberries, apple, grapefruit, grapefruit, dried apricot, lemon peel, sweet paprika, hibiscus flowers|
|Acidity||Malic, phosphoric, citric|
|Other||Balanced, delicate, exotic, transparent, buttery mouth feel|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||2540|
|High bidders||DONGJIN TRADING|