Karen and Jose Gomez run the Cooperativa Cafes Especiales in Buesaco, the cooperative that builds several community lots and microlots Ally sources from Nariño. Villa Luciana is named for Karen and Jose’s daughter Luciana. This is the farm’s first crop of Gesha, which was given to Karen’ family by Pablo Andres Guerrero of Hacienda El Obraje.
Villa Luciana is just twenty minutes outside of the town of Buesaco, past the Buesaquito “barrio” or suburbs. Karen’s family has over fifty members, some working as professionals in different parts of Colombia with families and kids, while others remain where the family’s roots are, in the mountains between Buesaco and the city of Pasto, the capital of the Nariño department. Karen’s father, Hermes Chávez, is a retired livestock trader, known as a “ganadero.” His six brothers have also devoted the greatest part of their lives to the argoindustry: grains, plants, vegetables and coffee.