August Roaster's Pick: Two Handsome Colombians!
Both these microlots were first served in May 2021, during the soft opening of our latest shop at New Tech Park, for espresso-based beverages and remains until today as the crowd favourite for their balanced sweetness and vibrant acidity. They were never made available on the retail shelves until a few days ago and seeing how popular they are, quickly becoming two of our fastest selling single origins online thus far, we are encouraged to continue sourcing coffees from both Jairo Arcila and Leonid Ramirez in seasons to come.
The roasting team is raving about how these two coffees are cupping so fine on the cupping table week in and week out and them raving about all the coffees that they have roasted is such an unusual sight 🤣. What got us sitting straight up in our swivel office chairs while working from home is when our web shop fulfilment team becoming so surprised at the rate of which the Jairo Arcila Finca Santa Monica and Leonid Ramirez Finca La Cortina are selling the last few days, when we only quietly soft-launched it without much fanfare!
So, who are these two handsome Colombians? Let us introduce you to them, so fine they are that if they are both Olympic athletes, they are sure going back home with a winning medals each.
Jairo Arcila of Finca Santa Monica is a delicious single origin grown by Jairo Arcila at Finca Santa Monica. Jairo Arcila is a third generation coffee farmer in Quindio, Colombia. Married to Luz Helena Salazar, they have two children together: Carlos and Felipe Arcila, who are also the co-founders of Cofinet where these amazing coffees are sourced from. A natural extended fermentation coffee, this is also our first purchase from this amazing producer.
This 100% Castillo coffee was exposed to a dry anaerobic fermentation of 30 hours. Later the coffee was placed on raised beds until 20% moisture content was achieved. Then the coffee was placed inside grain pro bags again for 80 hours and at this stage, fermentation is driven by natural yeast. Finally the coffee was left to dry on raised beds to 10.5% moisture content.
Jairo started growing coffees 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.
Leonid Ramirez from Finca La Cortina de Hierro is our first purchase from the Ramirez family. This 100% Variedad Colombia coffee was carefully hand-picked in order to use only the ripest cherries. These cherries were later fermented for 48 hours (aerobic) with the pulp on and placed on raised beds for 14 days until ideal moisture content was achieved.
This coffee, together with the Jairo Arcila Finca Santa Monica, is a collaborative effort with our friends at Cofinet. The team there handles much of the processing, working with Leonid in offering advice on improving farming practices and managing the exportation of the coffees to us, against all odds with the pandemic lurking and delayed shipping freights everywhere. We are glad with this partnership as much as we are glad to be able to offer fine colombian coffees for everyone here.
Both these microlots was first served in May 2021, during the soft opening of our latest Dutch Colony shop in New Tech Park, for espresso based beverages and remains until today as the crowd favourite for its balanced sweetness and vibrant acidity. It was never made available on the shelves until a few days ago and seeing how popular it is, quickly becoming two of our fastest selling single origins online thus far, we are encouraged to continue sourcing coffees from both Jairo Arcila and Leonid Ramirez in seasons to come.
From Genova and Amennia, Quindio, Colombia to Singapore, both these delicious coffees that you are about to enjoy is only made possible through the story of relationship, coffee and people. This is a coffee that Brew Moments and Inspiring Relationships.