The Washing Station
Villamaría is a Colombian municipality located in the department of Caldas. The region is fed by numerous sources of water and natural resources. Villamaría is located a few kilometres from the city of Manizales, whose urban areas are surrounded by the Chinchiná River. The station sits at an altitude of 1300 MASL, which is perfectly suited to the processing of honey and natural coffees due to the hotter temperatures found here.
This station is focussed on the production of washed, honey, and natural lots. With the aid of Nuna dehydrator and mechanical drying systems, controlling humidity and temperature throughout the drying process aids the processing of honey and natural lots. The station processes coffee from 30 to 50 producers 500 metres further up the mountainside.
Home to 20 members of the Red Association Villamaria, La Batea is a sub-region of the area of the same name, located twenty minutes by car from the buying station Finca La Aurora.
The topography of Villamaria is challenging to put it mildly, as it is comprised of steep hills and valleys that have been affected by volcanic activity in the not so distant past. This area of Caldas is afforded a unique scenario, with several microclimates sitting side by side across this region.
La Batea means the valley in English and is an area of Villamaria where its incredibly steep hills provide a unique microclimate. Here, cold air currents swoop down from the snowy mountains of Santa Isabel and Volcan Nevado del Ruiz, improving air quality, circulation, and pollination, whilst cooling the air temperature that surrounds the growing cherries!
“As the business is so good [selling to Villamaria], I convinced some of my neighbours, and now we are almost 20 producers delivering cherry to La Aurora"
-Alexander Barboza, producer from La Batea
Region: Chinchiná, Caldas.
Farm: La Batea.
Variety: Variedad Colombia, Castillo Naranjal.
Altitude: 1700 masl.