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Tim is the first to admit that Finca Tamana is not his favorite coffee. When he first tried it a few years back it tasted fermenty and was inconsistent from cup to cup. But in an ambitious move he decided to work with Elias anyway and to invest in improvements to the farm that would hopefully translate into better coffee, promising to buy the full harvest at a minimum of $3.50 per pound. Under Tim’s direction (and largely on his dime), Elias implemented a slew of changes to how he picks, washes, dries and stores his coffee, the details of which now make up a new Tim Wendelboe book named after the farm . The pickers’ work is now more painstaking and more difficult, but at a better rate of pay, and since Tim decides how much to pay for coffee based on cupping scores, there are now incentives in place to improve quality for everyone involved.