In 1945, Don Rigo’s father, decided to introduce three different varieties to the existing Typica varietal. This is how he started a crop of Yellow Bourbon, Red Bourdon & Caturra varietals. This is when Café Granja La Esperanza begun officially, in 1945.
Out of 11 children that Don Rigo’s parents raised, all of whom worked on the farm, 2 of the children showed special interest in coffee production and processing – Don Rigo & his brother Luis. They decided to give new direction to the product changing the crops to organic in the late 1990’s. Besides the original Potosi farm, another farm in the Trujillo Region was acquired to enlarge the organic production, La Esperanza farm. In 2007, Don Rigo had the chance to lease and manage a coffee farm in the region of Boquete in Panama called “La Carleida” and a year later obtained first place in the “Best of Panama”, organized by the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama. At this point, he decided to bring some of the Geisha seeds to Colombia, starting a new era in the history of Granja La Esperanza.