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Among all the names Danilo could have given to his finca, he chose Tierra Labrantía, and that choice says all about him. Labrantía, “an ideal territory for the harvest”, not an ordinary word, one he must have found in one of those precious evenings he spends immersed in his personal library, full of encyclopedias that name the world in five different languages, sharing a cup of tinto with a random visitor.

Maybe it was then, when the word appeared, that he felt the time had come for him to go back to the countryside, that it was time to retire from the medicine faculty in Bogotá where thousands of students had passed through the neurosurgery class he had taught his entire life; without a doubt, with that word resonating in his mind, he opened the gates of the 11 hectare land he had found in a little corner in Filandia where Quindío, Risaralda and Valle del Cauca departments meet, and saw above the dump the people had made of it the ideal spot to bring to life the cafetales where he played as a child.

And as his grandfather taught him to pick the ripest cherries of the harvest, promising him the most wonderful cookies in return, he constantly looks for methods to ensure his workers, some of which have been with him for more than 20 years, are as demanding with the picking as he would personally be.

Today, this Castillo variety beans, hand sorted by Danilo and a team of single mothers from La India Township, is evidence of his scientific curiosity and passion for coffee.

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