Colombia Jorge Rojas Regional winner #11 (35kg)

Red grape, papaya, creamy milk chocolate
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Bag Weight 35 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2019/20
Status Spot
Lot Number P8001206-2
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About This Coffee

Jorge Rojas is a smallholder farmer from the region of Planadas, Tolima. His 2.5ha farm Finca El Jardin sits at 1,838masl. Jorge is part of Grupo Empresarial Agprocem Planadas, or ‘GEA’, an association of specialty growers dedicated to sustainable, ecological agriculture. Through the sharing of knowledge the group aim to encourage entrepreneurship and improve the livelihoods of their members.

Origin Colombia
Subregion Planadas, South Tolima
Harvest Season 2019/20
Producer Type Single Estate
Farm Name Finca El Jardin - Jorge Rojas
Processing Washed
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Castillo, Colombia
Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10 8DEF
Screen Size 95% over screen 15
Bag Weight 35 KG BAG

The Region

Planadas is located on the southern tip of the department of Tolima, close to borders with Huila and Cauca. Situated in the foothills of the central mountain range of the Colombian Andes, the region benefits from excellent altitudes, cool temperatures, plentiful sunshine and rain, and rich volcanic soils.

Coffee farmers in Tolima are dedicated and traditional. In some areas, their infrastructure is not as developed as in other regions because of the history of conflict. This is the region where FARC guerrilla originated and therefore, communities all across Tolima experienced the cruelest years of conflict in Colombia. As a result, and despite exceptional growing conditions, many farmers were previously isolated from access to extension services, agri-inputs and thriving markets for their coffee. 

The Process

Ripe cherries are pulped and then dry-fermented (lot 9 for 60 hours and lot 11 for 85 hours). The coffee is then thoroughly washed and dried slowly under a marquee for 15 days.

History of Coffee in Colombia

As with many coffee origins, it is believed that coffee was first brought to Colombia by priests, arriving, perhaps, within a decade or two after coffee first came to the Americas via the Caribbean in the first half of the 17th century. It was likely a garden crop grown for local consumption and barter for decades. Unlike other coffee regions, we have the story of a priest named Francisco Romero, who could be called the father of commercial coffee cultivation in Colombia. The folkloric tale goes that in the early 1800’s, Father Francisco, hearing confessions in the north eastern town of Salazar de la Palmas, assigned planting coffee to his parishioners as penance for their sins. The Archbishop of Colombia heard about this and ordered all priests to adopt the practice. Commercial production of coffee expanded quickly, moving into regions where the growing conditions were ideal. 

  • Subregion Planadas, South Tolima
  • Farm Name Finca El Jardin - Jorge Rojas
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Washed
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Castillo, Colombia
  • Screen Size 95% over screen 15
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • Price Per Kg £10.75
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10 8DEF
  • CTRM Contract Number P8001206-2
  • Origin Colombia
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk