The Challenges Of Being A Biological Coffee Farmer

Tim Wendelboe, Director, barista, roaster and farmer at Tim Wendelboe

Biological farming presents a number of challenges. In his talk Tim will share his personal experiences of starting his coffee farm, Finca el Suelo, from scratch. He will present on the challenges of being a part time coffee farmer with a focus on biological farming techniques.

During the presentation Tim will give the audience an update on the farm and talk about the progress of Finca el Suelo since it’s start up 3 years ago.

This is a follow up talk from Tim’s talk at CoLab: Paris in 2015.

Tim's workshop will give attendees a basic introduction to soil biology and answer questions raised in his presentation. The workshop will aim to demonstrate how biological farming can change the way food and coffee is grown in the future.

Tim Wendelboe runs his own roastery and espresso bar in Oslo, Norway. where he imports, roast and serve high quality coffees.
Apart from winning six Nordic Roaster competitions with his team, he was the 2004 World Barista Champion and the 2005 World Cup Tasting Champion. Tim has also published several books on coffee. Apart from spending a lot of time working together with the producers he buys coffee from in order to improve the quality of their coffees he is now also working on his own coffee farm, Finca el Suelo, in Colombia where he uses his knowledge in soil biology to grow coffee free from pesticides and mineral fertilizers.