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23 www.baristamagazine.com a third-generation coffee farmer who grew up working on his dad's farm. Instead of just submitting a random lot sample for this com- petition, Brayan implemented three fermen- tation experiments, cupped each sample, and submitted what he thought was the best-tasting lot. The hard work paid off as he got the top Roasters United Farm Improvement grant— 1.8 million of the 3.6 million peso total—that Brayan says he wants to use to buy more drying beds, replace farm equipment, and to help pay for transporting his coffee to the dry mill. The farm-grant will help him be sustain- able for years to come. After the awards, the celebration began. We toured the dry mill, a few of the farmers' prop- erties, and met their families as they welcomed us into their homes. All involved were happy with the success of the first Roasters United competition and sourcing event. We have much to do to make it even more successful going forward, however, with the possibility of doing this not only in other parts of Colombia, but in other coffee-growing countries, as well. — Chuck Patton Chuck Pa on (pictured) and Roasters United partners Mike Perry and Jeﬀ Duggan, were thrilled with the results and success of the ﬁrst Roasters United event, though they have loads of ideas for how to improve the model going forward. "We need to implement protocols to not only secure larger lots, but beer coﬀee. Many of the lots we looked at were only one to two bags, making blend building tedious and time consuming. And while we were happy with the coﬀee quality, there is always room for improvement." • Direct relationship coffees • Research & education • Fresh roast Visit our website cafetaf.gr Taf specializes in artisan roasting and the careful creation of truly unique ﬂ avor proﬁ les. Our experience and love for coffee can be tasted with each ﬂ avorful sip. THE ART OF HANDCRAFTED COFFEE B o o k 1 - 4 4 . i n d d 2 3 Book 1-44.indd 23 3 / 1 9 / 1 4 9 : 5 2 P M 3/19/14 9:52 PM