Region: Colombia, Quindio, Pijao
Farm: Finca La Estrella
Farmer: Jairo Ivan Lopez
Process: Natural drying after 48 hour anaerobic fermentation
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Finca La Estrella is a family owned coffee farm of Jairo Lopez located in Pijao, Quindio in the famous coffee triangle region of Colombia. Coffee trees numbering less than 20,000 are grown in volcanic soil at altitudes the create ideal growing conditions of warm days and cool nights which allow the coffee cherries to ripen at a rate that creates the superb flavour. A number of years back a particular varietal with its origins in Ethiopia was made famous by a coffee farm in Panama, this varietal, the Geisha or sometimes spelled Gesha was then transplanted to numerous coffee growing regions across the world.
Taking a leap of faith, Jairo decided to plant the Geisha on his farm and see how it takes. Just think of the wine varietals that are now grown across the world and you can begin to understand how the coffee industry has substantially evolved. Next project was how to process the coffee cherries once they ripen. Jairo in another leap of faith decided to use a 48 hour anaerobic fermentation process before sun drying the cherries on a drying bed above a concrete patio.
All this effort has created wonderfully complex tasting coffee with floral and tropical fruit notes and a subtle acidity.