Griseldina Quinayas Ijaji


What does coffee mean to you and your country?

For me coffee means hope. And for Colombia it means development and peace building within our territories, it is the symbol with which we grew up and raised our families in the Colombian countryside.

What is your favorite place in your country?

My favorite place is the territory where I live, the Colombian Macizo, La Vega Cauca. It is a paradise: it gives birth to the most important Colombian rivers, it offers the diversity of climates, people is warm and farmers are humble, lands are fertile. The best thing is that women here build bonds of brotherhood thanks to the coffee cultivation.

What is your history with illycaffè?

My story with illycaffè has meant learning more and more on coffee thanks to the help of ASCAFÉ. We have grown thanks to illycaffè’s premium, which helped women coffee growers. Thanks to coffee we managed to go to international fairs to tell our story on coffee and to present our product abroad.

How does the perfect coffee grow?

Coffee grows with a lot of dedication, passion and love that we, women, put in the field when sowing, fertilizing, picking coffee: that’s how coffee grows perfectly. And that is how we, women from the Asociación Espacio de Vida, Mujer Agricultora, deliver the perfect coffee to illycaffè.

How do you drink coffee?

We roast part of our coffee and, although we know that there are many ways in the world to prepare it, here we still use a traditional method that is filter. I particularly enjoy it this way and I always drink it with panela.