Media Luna Farm is located in the San Diego municipality of the Cesar Department. Producer Luis Alfonso Padilla Rios, his wife Maria Jhoannaa Paez Rodriguez, and their three children live on Media Luna. The farm produces plantain and lulo fruits in addition to coffee and its 30 hectares reach from 1900 to 2000 meters above sea level. There is a second harvest, called the mitaca, from July to September in addition to the main harvest from November-February.
“I started growing coffee together with my father when I was a child,” Luis Alfonso says. He used to help move coffee in the dryers and give food to the employees. Now he has his own farm and Media Luna has one permanent employee and between 10-15 seasonal employees for harvest. The farm currently partners with Colors of Nature to improve the quality of the coffee they produce.
This lot of Natural processed coffee was fermented in cherry for 36 hours then transferred to raised beds to dry for 20 days.
The Department of Colombia is located in the northern Caribbean region of the country. It borders Guajira to the north, Magdalena and Bolivar to the west, Santander to the south, and Norte de Santander and Venezuela to the east. Cesar is one of Colombia’s smaller departments, and the geography includes plateaus and two mountain ranges: Serranía del Perijá and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The Cesar River and its tributaries flow throughout the region into the Cesar River basin.
Cesar has 19 municipalities that produce coffee on more than 8,000 smallholder farms. The mountainous coffee farms on the Caribbean side of Colombia are not as technified as other regions. Farms grow coffee under mixed levels of shade and sustainable biodiversity is an important component of coffee cultivation.