Colombia, Antioquia Finca La Falda
Colombia, Antioquia Finca La Falda Filter
We are delighted to be able to re-introduce those of you lucky enough to have enjoyed this gem, that translates to “The farm on a Skirt” for the last three years. I feel a bond with some of our really small scale quality producers as we are minnows in the coffee world too and also love to share great coffee experiences. To give you an idea of the scale of Finca La Falda, 55 bags is the target for the whole harvest. This is less than one day’s production for some of our producers (which can last a while with us!!) however this crop we have a total of 14x 30Kg bricks, as we have shared this lot. At any price, that’s not going to go very far in living expenses. I am not phased by paying a bit more for this coffee as it is complex, tasty and a big part of a families income.
Finca La FaldaTop trumps moment:
Varietal(s) :100% Caturra
Processing: Fully washed & dried in parabolic beds
Altitude:1,940 metres above sea level
Owner: Jose Arcadio Caro Rueda
Town: Urrao, Vereda de San Carlos
The total size of farm: 10 hectares (that’s four times bigger than Sardal, yet with other crops apart from coffee…see below)
Area under coffee: 3 hectares
Harvest months: October -January/ April -May
Roast level; we have roasted this as a light filter. We are writing this up as a separate product for espresso as it is a different roast and a different profile.
In Filter, La Falda is sweet citrus, vine fruits and dark chocolaty. This is an incredibly complex coffee with a sweet fruity citrus, umami (savoury) and chocolaty linger.
Born and brought up in Urrao, Anitoquia by coffee-producing parents, Jose Arcadio Rueda’s passion for coffee was encouraged from a young age. Today this passion is shared by his wife, Marbeluz, and teenage son, Santiago, both of whom help Sr. Arcadio on the farm. Over the 16 years since buying the plot, they have together built up a plantation of 9500 trees of Caturra variety (locally known as Caturro Chirozo). The family’s interest in speciality coffee was ignited five years ago when they won the very first regional coffee contest in which they participated. The success of being recognised as one of the best coffees in Antioquia combined with their desire to continue producing high-quality coffee gave them the motivation to continue competing. Their hard work culminated in 2013 when Finca La Falda placed 7th in the Colombian Cup of Excellence. This was a significant win not just for the Arcadio Rueda family but also for the Department of Antioquia, who is a major player in the coffee production of the country but had never before ranked in the Cup of Excellence top 10.
Finca La Falda is 10 hectares but only 3 are planted with coffee– the rest is planted with corn, beans and tomatoes, which help the family to supplement their income year-round.
As such, the Finca produces only around 55bags of green coffee a year. As opposed to most farms in Colombia, Finca La Falda’s main harvest (70%) is in the fly crop season (February-May); the additional 30% is harvested in October-December. His success at Cup of Excellence has sparked Jose Arcadio’s desire to plant more coffee.