Villarazo is a Colombian municipality located in the department of Caldas, next to Neira, Palestina, Chinchina and Manizales, which make up the South Central sub-region of the department. The region is fed by numerous sources of water and natural resources. Villamaría is located a few kilometers from the city of Manizales, whose urban areas are surrounded by the Chinchiná River. Villamaría, situated not far from El Fénix our community wet mill and farm, is our drying station in Chinchiná, Caldas.
The station currently represents the harvests of 30 coffee producing families in the surrounding area of Jamaica in the area of Villarazo, sitting at altitudes higher than the drying station itself. As Villamaría sits at a lower altitude, it is better suited to the processing of honey and natural coffees due to the hotter temperatures found here.
This station is focussed namely on the production of honey and natural lots, with the aid of Nuna dehydrator systems, controlling humidity and temperature throughout the drying process. The station processes coffee from 30 producers, 300 metres further up the mountainside.