Colombia - Jairo Arcila 250g
Farm: Finca La Esmeralda
Famer: Jairo Arcilla
Altitude: 1400 - 1450 masl
Profile: Cherry, Rummy & Kiwi
Jairo Arcila is a third-generation coffee grower in Quindio, Colombia. Married to Luz Helena Salazar they had two children together, Carlos and Felipe Arcila, the co-founders of Cofinet. Jairo’s first job was at Colombia’s second-largest exporter as their Mill Manager. He continued to work there for over 40 years until his retirement in 2019.
Jairo bought his first coffee farm, Finca La Esmeralda in 1987, where he planted his first Caturra lot. He was fortunate enough to earn money by producing coffee while also working full time for the local exporter. Using his savings Jairo slowly managed to purchase five additional farms. First Villarazo, then Mazatlan, Santa Monica, Maracay, and Buenos Aires.
Coffee production was incredibly profitable until 2005 when Jairo noticed a downturn, he began converting his farms to grow avocado, banana, plantain, and oranges. With the rise of specialty coffee, Jairo then decided to give growing coffee another chance.
In 2014, Jairo leased his brother’s farm, Finca Castellon to plant geisha trees. Becoming one of two farmers to grow the variety in the region. After the success of his Geisha harvest, Jairo decided to plant more exotic varieties like Pink Bourbon and Tabi at his farm Finca Villarazo.
He has planted native tree species in Santa Monica, Castellon, and Bueno Aires, which creates shade, better soil quality and protection for Geishas, Tabis and Javas planted at altitudes below 1500 masl.
Jairo Arcila has been a part of Cofinet from the very beginning. Listening to his sons’ expertise in picking practices, sorting, and processing of coffee cherries. He has been able to showcase fantastic coffees with amazing profiles of the region, through alternative processing. He has 50 people working for him during harvest season.