Pedro Echavarría, co-owner of Pergamino Coffee and Exporters, began a program called Allied Producers in order to highlight many producers' specialty-grade coffee that was being overlooked and sold as commodity and organize and connect producers with roaster/retailers like Colectivo. They work all over Colombia with over 400 producers via small producer organizations, the goal being to provide producers who work hard to produce high-quality coffee with connections to buyers who will pay more to support and sustain their extra efforts.
One of these producers is Dr. Luis Emilio Velez Aramburo (a medical doctor as well), growing organic coffee in Titiribí, Antioquia, Colombia with his wife and two children. Luis has a very holistic view of the forest he lives and grows coffee in, tasking himself with giving back to the environment what he takes from it wholly organically. Amongst his organic coffee, he grows organic fruits and spices, composts all his waste and repurposes the rest, is in the process of becoming energy independent (due to solar panels and his bio-digester that converts methane from his pigs), and much more to give back to his land. "It's more of an attitude - if I have the attitude of wanting to produce organic coffee, I'm capable of producing organic coffee."
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