Daimes Polanía Tovar is one of five siblings—three men and two women—who were raised among their parent’s coffee trees in the municipality of Palermo, in the northern part of the department of Huila. Out of the five, he is the only one who has carried on the family tradition of coffee cultivation, while his brothers have pursued careers in medicine and engineering, respectively.
Daimes has been producing coffee on Finca Dos Quebradas for the last ten years. His house sits at 1,800 m.a.s.l while the highest part of his cafetal, is located at 1,950 m.a.s.l. The farm has a total surface area of eight and a half hectares, with four of those planted with three varieties of coffee. He has approximately 6,000 Castillo trees, and a little over 3,000 Colombia and Caturra trees. He prefers Castillo because of its high yield and strong resistance to coffee-leaf rust. Besides coffee, Don Daimes also grows plantain, yucca, and avocado, which he uses to feed his family and his workers.