Colombia, Finca Nueva Zelandia


Colombia, Finca Nueva Zelandia

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State: Huila

Region: Bruselas, Pitalito, Huila

Farmer: Jairo Quiñones

Elevation: 1700 meters

Varietal: Castillo

Process: Fully Washed

Flavor Profile: Balanced and sweet with a creamy mouthfeel; sugar cane juice, lime, apple and tamarind flavors.

Roast Level: Medium Roast.

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The region of Huila in Colombia has traditionally produced much of the country's best coffee, as evidenced by the high percentage of Cup of Excellence winning coffees from this area. This particular coffee is part of the Farm Specific program of 'Huila Best Cup' with Cafe Imports and Banexport.

Jairo Quiñones Quinayas has always been surrounded by coffee: His parents are farmers as well, and 15 years ago his father gave Don Jairo a piece of land for planting his own crop. He was able to expand his landholdings with the earning from the coffee, and he says that even though the work is hard, he has been able to make a good living with farming. He emphasizes the importance of picking only ripe cherry, and after experimenting with his fermentation process he found that using water gave him better quality and more control.

Don Jairo grows his coffee on 4.5 hectares of a 5-hectare farm, and has about 22,000 trees. The cherries are harvested every 20 days during the season, depulped at 6am the following day, and fermented for 24 hours under water before being washed three to four times. The coffee is then moved to parabolic driers for between 3–15 days.