Our Coffees Finca La Piragua

Finca La Piragua
COLOMBIA
Alexander Vargas Osorio

Red grapes and raspberries with medium acidity and jammy body

COLOMBIA
Alexander Vargas Osorio

Red grapes and raspberries with medium acidity and jammy body

We have been buying coffee from La Piragua for six years now and selected this lot alongside the coffees from our competition in Huila last year. Alexander Vargas Osorio started working in coffee at a very young age. He was taken in by Octavio Rueda from El Mirador and given the opportunity to learn coffee growing and processing and earn an income along the way. Alexander then left Octavio's farm when he was eighteen and worked for his in-laws for a few years before buying La Piragua. Octavio continues to be his coffee mentor and is now godfather to one of his sons. In the last year, Alexander has been updating and extending his coffee drying area and system. Traditionally in this area, coffee is dried under polytunnels which whilst protecting the coffee from rain can unfortunately sometimes cause the coffee to over-dry. Last year, Alexander experimented with drying tables and this year he has extended these upwards. When coffee first comes to the drying tables from the washing tanks it is put onto the first level and as it dries and has lost a lot of moisture and won't drip onto the coffee below, it is moved up to the next table above. The drying tables ensure good ventilation around the coffee and a steady drying rate; it is believed this helps to keep the sweetness in the coffee. By the time the coffee is at the highest level it is dried to the correct moisture content and then bagged up ready for sale.