Our Story | When Summit was a super green coffee roasting operations — no more than 9 months into it — Evan and Brian ventured to Colombia as judges in the Huila Best Cup. Alongside 25 peers from around the world, the Summit team sampled the 96 BEST coffees from the Huila department of Colombia, and collectively identified Jairo Quiñones as the producer of one of the best 12.
Since 2016, Summit has been the exclusive purchaser of Jairo’s microlot, and it’s a remarkable parallel in his growth as a producer and ours as a roasting company. This year, Jairo’s microlot scored at 89 points — the best it’s ever been — and we’re thrilled to again be the exclusive distributor of this coffee.
Jairo’s Story | Jairo has always been surrounded by coffee: His parents are farmers as well, and 15 years ago his father gave 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.
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.