Flavor Notes: Milk Chocolate, Tropical Fruit, Citrus
Region: Giraldo, Antioquia, Colombia
Growing Elevation: 1950-2100 MASL
Producer: Jorge Isaias Macno
Variety: Caturra, Castillo
Process: Pulp Natural
Finca El Porvenir is located in Giraldo, Antioquia, Colombia, and is run by Jorge Isaias Macno. The farm grows caturra and castillo coffee varieties on two lots, one at approximately 1,950 MASL and the other at 2,100 MASL. The coffee is fermented in the cherry for 12 hours before being de-pulped and dry fermented in jute bags for an additional 30 hours. Upon washing, the coffee is dried in a traditional greenhouse structure for between 8-12 days. During the main harvest, Jorge will hire between 10-15 temporary workers to assist with picking and while he is the name behind the lot. His wife and grandchildren also help out with various aspects of the pre and post-harvest process: picking, washing, drying and overall maintenance of the farm. For much of his younger years, Jorge Isaias was living in Uraba West Antioquia, but due to the ongoing violence from the guerillas and paramilitaries in the region, many of which are still active today, he decided to return to Giraldo where his father allowed him to plant coffee at his farm. With the savings from the sale of various harvests, approximately 5 years later, he was able to purchase his own farm, where he resides to this day. Along with coffee, Jorge Isaias also grows beans, corn and plantain, which is used as shade for the coffee trees. To see this quality of coffee come out of Giraldo is really no surprise; from 2012-2016, the government of Antioquia ran a specialty coffee program designed to highlight the quality of coffee in the region. At the end of every harvest, they held a competition and Giraldo consistently placed in the Top 10, oftentimes winning first place. On top of that, Yara, a well-known fertilizer company ran a contest last year and Jorge Isaias came in 1st place! It hasn’t been easy working in Giraldo. The culture is unique and the producers aren’t used to selling to private exporters. However, now in their third year working in the region, they have really gained the trust and confidence of so many producers, and it makes all their effort worth it when they are able to share with the world such coffees as those produced by Finca El Porvenir!