This is our first year buying from Jaime Figueroa Cantillo. He is a farmer in the municipality of Garzón, Huila, and is the owner of four farms in the area that together make the Samaria lot. Don Jaime is growing mostly Caturra, Castillo and Variedad Colombia as well as some recently planted Gesha and Tabi. In addition to coffee, he also cultivates a substantial amount of cane sugar and processes it onsite into panela.
Over the last 2 years, he has invested heavily in his farm's infrastructure. He now floats all of his cherry (this allows unripe cherries to be removed) prior to de-pulping and fermenting in concrete tanks. He al so built state-of-the-art raised drying beds under shade in a clean and well-managed concrete and metal structure with the goal of slowing down drying to create clean and stable coffees. Finally, he spends quite a lot of time creating healthy compost by combining cow manure with the substantial amount of cherry skins leftover from the processing of the coffee.