Description: This coffee was grown by Jairo Arcila at the farm Santa Mónica. This coffee was carefully hand-picked in order to select only the ripest cherries. The coffee was then placed in an aerobic environment for 24 hours before then being placed in Grainpro bags for 200 hours for further fermentation. The whole cherries were then sundried on raised beds until ideal moisture content was achieved.
This microlot is 100% Castillo. This variety was developed by Federación Nacional de Cafeteros. It is more productive than Caturra and resistant to coffee leaf rust.
Jairo Arcila is a third-generation coffee grower from Quindío, Colombia. He is married to Luz Helena Salazar and they have two children together, Carlos and Felipe Arcila, who are the co-founders of Cofinet, our export partner for this coffee. Jairo’s first job was at Colombia’s second largest exporter, working as their Mill Manager for over 40 years until his retirement in 2019.
Jairo bought his first coffee farm, Finca La Esmeralda, in 1987 and this is where he planted his first Caturra lot. He was fortunate enough to earn money by producing coffee on his farm in addition to working full time. Using his savings, Jairo slowly managed to purchase five additional farms. After Esmeralda came Villarazo, Mazatlan, Santa Mónica, Maracay, and then Buenos Aires. Now, during the harvest period, Jairo can provide jobs to the locals generating an economic impact in the community.
He received great insight and expertise from his sons’ in the picking, sorting, and processing of his coffees. This insight has empowered Jairo and given him the tools needed to showcase fantastic coffees with amazing profiles from the region.
The extended fermentation naturals coming out of Colombia are a force to be reckoned with in the coffee industry. This one is fun and lively with fruity notes of Raspberry and Orange, with a dense sweetness of Fudge.
This is one of the better anaerobically processed naturals that I have had. However, it has the funky, fruity, herbal, gummy bear overtones that mostly appeal to those who appreciate the genre. If you like the style, you will likely love this one. If you are devoted to the clean, washed characters of most coffees, you will not be a fan.
First big disappointment ever with green coffee. Very strong vinegar smell pre roast. After the roast the coffee tasted sour. I had to pitch the 3 pounds.