Farm info

La Tijuana is located in the municipality of Palestina, one of the most prodcutive coffeelands in the South of Huila and 40 minutes away from the city of Pitalito. The ragion has earned its name in specialty coffee thank to its proximity to Pitalito, which has relatively well-developed infrastructure and easy access to the highest mountains where the climate plays a great role in coffee production. Palestina has always taken top ten places in regional coffee contests and has several producers to name who were among the finalists in international contests. Felix Samboni is working to be the next among them.

Felix has been producing coffee for over 40 years and it has been his passion and dedication the entire time. Felix stared with a small farm called El Diamante 3km away from La Tijuana and there built a house with a tiny wet mill to process just enough for a living and for family consumption. His two doughters and wife have as much passion for coffee as Felix himself. They have always helped the family business until now: both daughters own and manage their own farms, while still supporting their father.

La Tijuana is an 8-hectare farm with 5 of those plated with Castillo, Colombia, and Caturra varieties. La Tijuana has 3 hectares of virgin natural forest reserve of black oak trees. All coffee harvested from La Tijuana is taken to the wet mill El Diamante where it is processed and dried.

Region

Huila

The Colombian Department of Huila is located in the southern portion of the country where the Central and Eastern ranges of the Andes mountains converge. Huila’s capital city of Neiva is dry, flat, and desert-like, markedly different from the coffee regions further south.

Centered around the city of Pitalito, Huila’s coffee farms are predominately smallholder owned and over the past ten years have made consorted efforts to produce specialty coffee that reveals the full character of the region’s terroir. Selective manual harvesting, attentive processing, and careful post-harvest sorting all contribute to increasing recognition of the region.

Huila’s Departmental coffee committee, the local connection to the national Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, has invested notable resources into training producers in everything from fertilization to roasting. This, combined with producer enthusiasm, has created a regional culture of quality-focused production.

Huila holds important historic significance dating back to pre-Columbian cultures. The archeological site at San Agustin includes a large number of stone carvings, figures, and artifacts that offer a rare glimpse into the land’s past prior to colonialism.