Casa Dos Chicas Cafe Partners with Denis Goyes
Posted on March 07 2022,
Mission of Casa Dos Chicas Café
When Oneida and I decided to launch our own coffee brand a year ago, we had other women in mind. We were talking to a lot of people and noticed that women harvest most of the specialty coffee worldwide, though a lot of their farms’ products were not globally traded. This was to become our mission, working with women-owned, women-led farms.
The mission of Casa Dos Chicas Café is to support, empower and bring equity to women coffee growers by taking a mindful approach to every step of the global supply chain.
Her name is Denis Goyes and is the owner of a coffee farm named “La Rosenda”. She arrived to Huila about 15 years ago to learn how to harvest coffee. She later married and shared the coffee farm with her husband for 8 years. She became single about a year ago when her husband asked her for a divorce. He left the farm to her and she has been cultivating her own coffee since. She studied to receive a technical degree in coffee from a local institution. With the support of her cousin, they experimented with different processes.
Denis’ micro lot of coffee is a black honey processed coffee. It is a drying process where part of the cherry remains on the bean and is covered while drying. Washed coffees have the skin and pulp removed by mechanical washing, but during the honey process, a hand-roller is used to have full control of the level of mucilage left on the beans.
There are other honey processes like red honey and yellow honey. Black honey gives the most complex flavors. The Perfect Daily Grind details more on each process here.
Her New Normal
Her pride is her children. As a mother of 2 children, (6 & 3 years of age) she wants them to know the process of coffee. She faces the challenges of being both a mother and father while working on the farm. All this while sometimes not having enough money to meet her daily needs. This is why she often sells her coffee green (without processing/drying) because these processes can take up to 30 days, depending on the weather.
She wakes up early in the morning to make breakfast for her son before he goes to school. His favorite meal is the Colombian staples; arepas, eggs, and chocolate.
After she takes him to school, she goes to the farm to tend to whatever needs attention, all by walking everywhere. She does not own a vehicle, though the mountains make it difficult to have one to get from one place to another. Midday she leaves the farm to get her son from school. By the time they get home, it is time for dinner. She makes a simple arroz con pollo (chicken with rice), but those that have tasted it know it is full of flavor and nutrients.
When Oneida and I spoke to her about her coffee and where it was going, she was full of happiness and joy. She was moved to know that her coffee was not only going to New York City but to Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and other large US cities.
We saw it fitting for Denis’ micro-lot to begin roasting on March 8, 2022, International Womens Day. We are selling whole bean coffee from the remote mountains of Huila produced and processed by Denis Goyes, a woman changing the way we drink coffee.
Join our online community and be first in ordering your freshly roasted, black honey process that Denis made before the limited supply sells out.
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