María Elena Tobón Vásquez
She is a coffee grower from Ciudad Bolívar who is part of the De los Andes Cooperative organization. Her work is supported by the Farallones coffee benefit plant, which was built by the cooperative organization and Colcafé. The benefit plant is the place where the coffee beans are pulped, washed, dried and selected. This has enabled her to improve her quality of life, saving both resources and time.
María Elena Tobón Vásquez describes herself as a hardworking coffee grower. From her very first memories, she remembers the scent of the coffee plantations and her father’s hard work in a process that is as ordinary and commonplace as it is laborious and painstaking: picking, pulping, washing, drying, selecting and selling the coffee beans. María Elena has kept her legacy alive and, since the Farallones coffee benefit plant was built by the De los Andes cooperative organization and Colcafé in Ciudad Bolívar, Antioquia, she just has to pick the coffee beans and take them to the delivery station to sell her harvest. This lets her improve her quality of life, saving resources and time, and gives her the chance to rest and spend more time with her family, and to focus on new ideas and solutions to increase the productivity of her plantation.
María Elena’s work ends when she delivers her coffee beans in bulk or in sacks. This is when the work of the benefit plant starts with the process standardization, which has the aim of offering high quality and better flavor to the end consumers. This methodology also contributes to the protection of the environment by reducing water and energy consumption, and guaranteeing a higher level of transparency in the pricing stage. The objective of this project is to transform the processing plant partners and the new generations of coffee growers into entrepreneurs who take care and develop their farms in order to contribute to building a better future and to the conservation of the coffee growing legacy.
María Elena Tobón Vásquez, coffee grower from Ciudad Bolívar, Antioquia, who has benefited from the coffee benefit plant.
The Farallones coffee benefit plant improves the living conditions of the community, generates savings, increases the coffee growers’ income and reduces the impact on the environment. In addition, it has allowed to cut the processing costs down for the entire cycle: pulping, washing, drying and selecting. The consistency in the quality of the coffee has also been improved and training programs have been established for coffee growers and their families.