Our Coffees Finca El Mirador

Finca El Mirador
Octavio Rueda

Nectarine and raspberry with juicy acidity and medium body.

We hold annual competitions in Huila and NariƱo and we are delighted with the new coffees arriving from our latest event in Huila. During the competition we invite farmers to submit samples and we then spend four weeks hulling, sample roasting and tasting all of the coffees, culminating with a presentation and award ceremony. The premium paid to all the winners helps to pay off mortgages, build new houses and invest in farm maintenance and equipment. Octavio has been successful in our competition for years and we now buy his coffee alongside our event in the same way as La Piragua. We have known Octavio for over ten years and have seen his farm develop over that time and learnt so much from him about coffee growing. There are many challenges in coffee; we have discussed previously the Roya or Coffee Rust Disease problem (a fungus which attacks the leaves of the trees limiting the amount of photosynthesis and sometimes killing the tree) which has been causing many problems around the coffee growing regions. In Octavio's words, Roya had him against the ropes in the last couple of years, and he has had to be vigilant and experimental with the controls he has been using. In addition to Roya, there is also difficulty getting enough people to help pick the coffee during the harvest season in this part of Huila. Coffee, like most fruit production, requires harvesting once a year and is often done by migrant labour who specialise in this kind of work, travelling through the coffee areas of Colombia. El Mirador is not a big farm, so if necessary, Octavio and his family can get through the picking with some local help. It makes for heavy work and long days to get the cherry picked and then processed carefully.