Chorora is owned by Olinka Velez and Yambamine by her sister Diana. These farms are located next to each other on a steep hillside surrounded by primary cloud forest and crossed by the old ‘Inca Road’ that once connected Cuzco with Quito. The land has stunning views towards the valley of Macara and Peru on the horizon.
Diana describes their venture in coffee as a transformative way of life. Both sisters started planting coffee around the year 2010 after some big life changes, since then they’ve been drawn from the city into the land, investing a lot of effort, time and emotion into producing coffee. This land, as Diana and Olinka would describe it, is mystical and charged with good energy.
The farm is divided into two main parcels. Chorora which means ‘water well’ in Kichwa and Yambamine, which means ‘land of gold. In both lots there are a total of 8 hectares of planted coffee. The varietals produced here are Typica mejorado, Catuai, Hybrid, Sidra and at the moment they are experimenting with new varietals such as Wush Wush and Morita.
Olinka and Diana are pioneers in the country for experimenting with different processes and are always developing new methods and techniques. Managed by Hernan Cabra, expert in coffee processes, these farms have produced some unique profiles and their coffees have been used in various world competitions and have won the 2019 ‘Taza Dorada’ with a record breaking score in Ecuador. Their coffees really speak for themselves.