The coffee farm El Roble, nestled high above the Mesa de los Santos region of Colombia, has been in owner Oswaldo Acevedo’s family since 1840. El Roble sits at 1,650 meters (5,413 feet) above sea level in the Department of Santander.
In addition to the 82 coffee varieties grown in its experimental garden, El Roble produces many varietals commercially. The 300-hectare (790-acre) organic estate grows 1 million pounds of Bird Friendly certified coffee each year.
El Roble’s owner credits the beauty and ecological diversity of the estate to the Bird Friendly habitat his family created. The Bosque de Sombrío, or canopy of shade trees, provides habitat for native and migrant wildlife, including 126 species of birds and 26 species of bats. A known ecotourist destination, the hacienda also produces economically valuable products, such as honey and fine woods.