Nestled in the San Carlos area of Urrao, La Soledad was part of the Uriel’s parent’s farm before they split it between their sons. With his land, Uriel has 2,500 trees – 1,000 Bourbon and 1,500 Chiroso. He expects to plant more trees in the future as well.
Uriel’s wife, Ines, and their twins, Francie and Carlos, help with the coffee production. The cherries are always de-pulped the same day they are picked and then fermented for three to four days. To efficiently use space, they have both a marquesina as well as a roof-top patio with a cover to dry the coffee. This ensures enough space to spread the beans out thinly for even drying.
At 58, Uriel has spent over twenty years in the coffee business. While he has no intention of retiring soon, he does hope that his children will continue the family farm one day. With that in mind, he wants to position them for success. He sees the specialty coffee market as the best option for the future and wants to establish relationships that will continue for many years to come.
Juicy, caramel, stone fruit, cherry.