Over the past years, we have been blessed to travel overseas to countries like the Philippines, Nicaragua and Colombia. Along our travels, we have been lucky enough to meet and become friends with amazing people all over the globe. One man who we have been lucky enough to create a friendship with is Mr Diofanor Ruiz.
Based in Colombia, he is a committed grower who has adapted his cultivation techniques over time to enhance sustainable farming practices in a bid to reduce the impact on the environment.
Mr Ruiz is extremely well-educated in coffee production and runs his farm accordingly. Recently he created his own brand of honey as he saw the need to be a beekeeper as a vital part of climate conservation and sees the union of beekeepers and coffee farmers as an essential ingredient to sustainability.
For us, it was a no-brainer to partner with this legend in a lasting relationship and a project to help his endeavours. Alfresco Coffee Roasters has partnered with Diofanor to raise funds to assist in b building coffee drying facilities at Mr Ruiz’s farm to assist in increasing his production capacity and replacing his current facilities. As it currently stands, his farm can’t withstand crazy weather conditions, Mr Ruiz says, “When it rains, it rains more inside under the roof than the outside”.
We aim for this to be an ongoing project affecting the lives of Diofanor Ruiz, his family and their community. Although we often see the social effect play out in regions, it starts with one individual committed to change, and we know that Mr Ruiz is the man fir the occasion. Mr Ruiz has the knowledge and passion required to bring lasting change!
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