Jairo Arcila (Washed, WUSH-WUSH) SCA: 88

Jairo Arcila (Washed, WUSH-WUSH) SCA: 88

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Origin : Colombia 

Farm : Santa Mónica

Varietal : Wush Wush

Altitude : 1450 - 1500 MASL

Certification : Micro-Lot

Process : Washed

Cup Score : 88

Earl Grey & Lemon

Our first out-and-out competition coffee. 

Wush-Wush is the most desirable and sought after varietal in the world at the moment - this straight up washed lot is particularly rare and lets the characteristics of the varietal shine.

Expect incredible notes of Earl Grey, Bergamot and Lemon 

Unlike some of the other lots we showcase with unique processes like carbonic maceration, anaerobic ferms, thermal shock and fruit infusions - this coffee is one of the finest washed lots we’ve procured and is a beautiful showcase of Wush-Wush.

“Personally my favourite lot since the Java from Jhoan Vergara last year - this is something special” - Kobe 


This coffee is harvested following strict ripeness criteria, it is first floated and then hand-sorted to remove any defects. 

The cherries are then exposed to 30 hours of underwater fermentation before being pulped. 

The parchment is gently washed and then dried in temperature controlled conditions until ideal moisture content is achieved, this is usually around 9%.


We've been working with Jairo for the last 4 years.

Jairo Arcila is a 63 year old third generation coffee grower in Quindio, Colombia. He first worked as a mill manager for Colombia’s second largest exporter for over 40 years, and managed to earn a supplemental income alongside this full-time job.

Jairo started growing coffee 35 years ago when his father got very sick and could not manage his farm anymore. After a few years Jairo managed to purchase his own land and continues growing coffee until today.

He is married to Luz Helena Salazar, a now renowned coffee producer in her own right and someone we have showcased lots from numerous times. They have two children together: Carlos and Felipe Arcila who also produce their own coffee lots and are the co-founders of Cofinet. 


Jairo purchased his first coffee farm, Finca La Esmeralda, in 1987 where he planted his first Caturra lot. Using his savings Jairo slowly managed to purchase five additional farms. First Villarazo, then Mazatlan, Santa Monica, Maracay and Buenos Aires. During harvest time he is able to provide much needed jobs to locals, which has a significant economic impact on their community.

With the help of his 2 sons, Jairo has improved picking, sorting, and the processing of his coffee and also now grows exotic varieties like Pink Bourbon, Papayo and Geisha across all his farms.


This micro-lot is 100% Wush Wush. This rare varietal grown in Colombia, is believed to have made its way from Ethiopia about 25 years ago from the region of Wush-Wush. The cup profile is very floral, tea-like, and complex.