The family’s interest in specialty coffee was ignited five years ago when they won the very first regional coffee contest in which they participated. The success of being recognized 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 55 bags of green coffee a year.
Never heard of Chiroso? Well, that’s not surprising. It is a variety of Caturra originating in Urrao that is rarely seen outside the region. The variety is characterised by an elongated cherry and is known locally for its productivity. Jose was one of the first farmers in the region to begin planting significant plots of it and commercialising it. We feel very lucky to get our hands on some, year after year, and are grateful that Jose has also shared seed with producers in the surrounding area.
Coffee name: La Falda
Owner: Jose Arcadio Caro Rueda
Varietal(s): 100% Chiroso
Processing method: Fully Washed
Elevation: 1,940 masl