Jairo Quinones, Colombia
12-ounce Valve Bag | Direct from our longtime partner in Colombia, Jairo’s micro-lot is super sweet and bright, with notes of mango, cranberry, and blood orange.
Continuing to source coffee from the same farmers, farms and cooperatives year-after-year is essential to Summit’s commitment in relationship coffee. Our ongoing partnership with Jairo Quinones and his family in Pitalito, Colombia, dates back to February 2016 and is one of our hallmark relationship coffee collaborations.
For the fourth consecutive harvest, we’re thrilled to bring in two coffees from Jairo’s farm in Pitalito, a small town in Colombia’s Huila department. Jairo has always been surrounded by coffee: His parents are farmers as well, and 15 years ago his father gave him 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.
This offering is from Jairo’s microlot, and the increasing quality is a testament to his diligent work as a producer. This lot is 100% Colombia variety. 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.
Region: Pitalito, Huila, Colombia
Farm: Finca Nueva Zelandia
Altitude: 1,700 masl
Notes: Mango, Cranberry, Blood Orange, Honey