Diego Llach is a 4th generation coffee producer. He manages Wild Forest Coffee, a company that focuses on producing unique high quality coffee through the strictest social and ecological practices. Awarded by the Rainforest Alliance as a sustainable standard setter, for his efforts in promoting this responsable way of farming in his country and abroad. His key focus is innovation; creating new coffee varieties, unique farm management strategies and processing methods. All in the effort to create better tasting coffee while protecting de fertility and biodiversity of the land.
The Arsosala washing station currently serves about 1,200 smallholder producers (normally less than 1 hectare of land per producer) in the Urga woreda (district) of Guji. While most coffee in this region is a mix of wild and unspecified varieties (“Heir-loom”), Arsosala has cultivated Typica and Bourbon varieties which are genetically different from the varieties found in Central and South America.
Coffees are picked ripe and dried on raised beds. It typically takes 8–15 days to dry under sun and 15–20 days to dry when there are cloudy skies.
4th Generation Coffee Grower
Mario a 4th generation coffee grower. Since taking over the farm's operations, Mario has implemented quality control techniques and processing methodologies to improve sustainability and cup characteristics. Finca la Pampa is Rainforest Alliance Certified, meaning the farm complies with the standards set in place by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN). These standards include ecosystem conservation, wildlife protection, and fair treatment and good working conditions for workers.