Jonathan Gasca, is a young traditional coffee farmer, born in the department with the highest coffee production in Colombia, Pitalito, located in the department of Huila in southern Colombia.
“I was born in a coffee plantation” says Jhonatan… My grandparents and my parents were always dedicated to coffee farming and although I must thank them for this passion, the truth is that they planted, harvested and sold coffee to those who paid the most, they were dedicated to producing quantity, but not quality, this was the way to have a permanent economic income.
As a child, Jonathan wanted to be a soccer player and together with his brother Johan they traveled to Cali to train in a professional team, Deportivo Cali, where things were not going very well, over time they began to feel alone, who sent the money to support themselves was his mother and this frustrated them a lot since things did not go as they wanted...so they decide to return home.
His mother insisted that he should study, she opted for radiology in Bogota, but Jhonatan did not share this idea at all, however he would take advantage of the opportunity to study and that is how he applied to be a technologist in ecological agricultural and livestock production, knowing that with this he would have more field and possibilities on the farm.
By 2008, the subject of specialized coffee was something new, and together with his uncle and brother, they began to carry out the first tests of planting special coffee in a plot that their father had given them.
The first coffee he brought out was a Honey, he enthusiastically took it to the SKM cooperative, which was where they paid him the best, but unfortunately, they rejected it because of the appearance of the coffee, "there was no trade for coffee," says Jhonatan, he was very frustrated since his family did not share his same claims to quality coffee.
Determined to undertake with specialty coffees, he continues to experiment and learn, he is interested in really knowing what he sells, in addition, the Lasso family has great motivation, who are friends well known for their excellent specialty coffees, they have been an example for Jonathan to follow and he is excited to be able to reach the level of his coffees.
Jonathan and Johan (their brother and partner) dream of worldwide recognition, not only because of the money but because they are proud to continue with their family tradition and raise the good name of the product that has given them everything. in life, coffee.