We will always have a soft spot for William, the first farmer who was bold enough and romantic enough to launch with us on this voyage. William´s father, Geronimo, was born in Igualero, a small village on La Gomera, in the late 50´s. He decided to embark on a real adventure and immigrated to Venezuela on a sailing boat.
Geronimo loved Venezuela but always kept a deep relationship with La Gomera.
He later came back to marry his beloved wife in Pastrana and afterwards together they spent more than 50 years in Venezuela. William tells us about the big farm that they had, the variety of trees and fruits they cultivated, and amongst them also coffee plants.
Geronimo loved Venezuela but always kept a deep relationship with La Gomera. He would come and go, crossing the Atlantic, purchasing lands for a potential family future on the island. This future did become a reality: As years went by, the members of the family started establishing themselves again on the Island, working the land that Geronimo had purchased over the years.
When talking to Geronimo, to William and his brother, Wilfredo, one can feel the ever-nostalgic taste: once in Venezuela they missed La Gomera, and in La Gomera they miss Venezuela. With regard to the old times of the Island, William can tell us stories of the grand mothers roasting coffee in the Barranco Santiago.
Last summer we had the first chance to taste William´s coffee beans, finely roasted, and you know what: You could feel the nostalgia in every sip.