Jose Heider Contreras
The El Descando farm was created by José Heider Contreras Mancipe, a native of Guadalupe in the department of Huila in Colombia, José is very attached to his land. When his family gave him the El Descando farm, he began by growing 500 Caturra plants, which grew into 1,800 plants, before being joined by Castillo.
This variety gave him access to the Cup of Excellence where he placed 12th despite the doubts of his neighbours and competitors. To rank in this prestigious, internationally renowned competition was one of José’s dreams, and he shared the joy with his family and community. Today, it drives him to continue working hard to obtain better and better coffees and more resistant varieties.