Producer: Jairo Ivan Lopez
ROASTER NOTES I Tropical Sweetness I Fresh Pineapple Acidity I Toffee I Black Tea Finish I
When Jairo Ivan Lopez named his second farm La Estrella (the star), he clearly wished the ancient Abyssinian Gesha he planted there, would one day bring him stardom. His 13,000 trees are in the mountains of Quindio, one of the three regions that make up what is known as the Colombian coffee triangle. A massive 70% of Colombia’s coffee is produced just from these regions and some say they are the world’s best.
The rich volcanic soils of Jairo’s farm in Pijao, Quindio, are today producing coffees with extraordinary flavours. So extraordinary in fact that they are winning multiple awards.
Jairo is now devoted to specialty coffees and his obsession with improving his drying and fermentation processes, has bought him well deserved acclaim.
Each harvest is hand picked then carted off the mountain to the La Pradera Washing Station, where the cherries are floated and hand selected before being carefully spread onto raised African style beds.
Jairo attributes his Cup of Excellence score of 90, in particular, to his picking only the very ripest of cherries.
When cupped this full bodied coffee exudes juicy tropical fruit sweetness, fresh pineapple acidity, toffee and with a black tea finish.
Our roasters describe this coffee as a ‘rare find of very complex flavours’ and rate it as possibly the best Grand Cru of 2020.