Juan Saldarriaga is a medium sized producer that recently took over his families two farms. A couple of years ago he started a small project with other young growers in the region. The two farms he now owns are about 60 hectares each, in altitudes from 1400 to 1800 masl. He is experimenting with different cultivars in different altitudes, and many of them are recently planted. We met a few years ago, and what really encouraged us to work with him was the will to change, adapt and improve to meet the future demand on qualities. Antioquia is known for solid, but maybe slightly boring coffees, but there is a lot going on right now, and we think these coffees are proof of that.
The biggest challenge is the drying due to humidity and temperature. After we met
Juan and started to talk about drying under shade, he immediately constructed
drying facilities with raised bed under cover. He has also installed a machine that
can dry with cold air and with a software where you can adjust temperature, airflow
etc, and make proles on different coffees.
VARIETAL: Tabi, Caturra, Castillo, Colombia
ALTITUDE:1400 to 1800
OWNER: Juan Saldarriaga
REGION: Ciudad Bolivar
FARM SIZE: 60 hectares
TASTING NOTES: Medium acidity, nice sweetness, some caramel, stone fruit
notes, full body