Santa Bárbara Coffee Estate is a family farm founded and lead by Pedro Echavarría and his family.
More than 3,000 people depend directly or indirectly on the farm, which employs 55 people and has 950 additional pickers in the harvest seasons, which is done by hand.
All of them receive a fair wage. The farm is located in the department of Antioquia, north of Colombia, on the Andes mountain range.
This area combines a great mix of volcanic soils, an impressive microclimate and a cultivation altitude of 1,650 meters.
Given the specific microclimate created by the Cauca River valley, which protects the coffee plants from the cold Andean nights, coffee can be grown at higher altitudes, which makes it take longer to mature and thus produce denser and richer beans.