Farm: Santa Monica
Altitude: 1500 MASL
Process: ‘White Wine Fermentation’
Cup Score: 88
Orange, Limequat & Hazelnut
Very excited to release another exceptional experimental micro-lot from the Arcila family farm, Santa Moinca.
‘White Wine Fermentation’ is a complex process of firstly; fermenting cherries in an open space for 24hrs, they are then taken and dried on patios to 20% moisture, fermented for again 3-4 days (depending on weather conditions) & finally dried again down to a 7% moisture content.
The intention, and amazing subsequent effect of this time & labour intensive process - is a fantastic natural lot with enhanced acidity and sweetness - reminiscent of white wine.
Finca Maracay and Santa Móinca sits at 1400 masl, and has been owned by the Arcila family since 1990.
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.
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, they had two children together: Carlos and Felipe Arcila who also produce their own coffee lots and are the co-founders of Cofinet.
This is the first of 2x Jairo Arcila lots we’ve sourced from his latest harvest - both limited to just 100x bags each.