According to Benitez, “Varietales finos (the company behind Granja Paraiso92) pillars are: genetics, agronomic work, biochemistry and processing, quality control and dry process. We control the entire green coffee production chain and have 26 different varieties including Sudan Rume, Eugenoides, Wush Wush, Java, SL28 and others. Each of the 25+ varietal has its own set of protocols depending on genetics intrinsic attributes and the desired flavour profiles.”
As Wilton says, “I have been passionate about technology, in fact. As a child I dreamed of building my career around hardware and software development. But 18 years ago, coffee growing taught me that it is possible to develop any career around it, because you can apply any knowledge to improve it and take advantage of its benefits.”
“I started to focus my knowledge in computer science, electronics and microbiology to build a new coffee culture based on scientific supports that can be replicated, understanding how each variable affects the results as it happens in the wine and beer industry”, he explained.
According to Luis, Wilton’s business partner “The essence of the project is to prove that things can be done in a different way, to find solutions to everyday problems of coffee growers, such as drying during rainy periods, as well as to technify and control the fermentation processes, with love for coffee growing and the use of technology and biochemistry.”
The Executive Director of the Comité de Cafeteros del Cauca, Gerardo Montenegro says that “this private project is of great value to the community because they share knowledge and value with new interested coffee growers that want to do things differently.”