Jairo Arcila is a third-generation coffee producer from Quindío, Colombia. He purchased his first coffee farm, Finca La Esmeralda in 1987, where he planted his first Caturra lot. He was fortunate enough to earn money by producing coffee, while also working full time for one of Colombia’s largest coffee exporters. Using his savings, Jairo slowly managed to purchase five additional farms.
This lot is from Santa Monica, the largest of Jairo’s farms at 50 hectares, and is made up of Castillo and Caturra. It has volcanic soils, with ideal temperatures, altitude, and rainfall for producing consistent, high-quality coffee. He also grows Gesha, Pink Bourbon, Tabi, Papayo, Caturron, Red Bourbon, and many other fruits, vegetables, and other coffee cultivars.
Jairo only allows the ripest coffee cherries to be harvested. He then ferments the whole cherry for 24 hours in covered ceramic tanks, prior to being pulped, gently washed and later place on raised beds until 10.5% moisture is obtained.