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This farm is located in one of the oldest towns in Quindio, this town is full of story, it is rare to see micro lots or estate coffees that come from this zones, the reason is because the farms are so small that coffee growers bring their production down to town to sell, so that the can use their income to pay pickers and to buy food for the week. Once this lots go to the local buyer, it gets blended with other coffees from the region in order to create volume which later is sent to the big cities, this is were the traceability gets lost and this is why we have not much information about these small producers of good coffee.

We really are pushing it this time, we know what Pijao has to offer and have been watching it for a while, here is the story. In our last trip to Origin in August - September 2013, we arrived in Armenia Quindio and organized a cupping with a group of friends and coffee growers, I asked them to bring their coffees and I brought with me some good coffees from brazil, Ethiopia, India and Panama, which I found in Australia. My intention was to share this coffees with them, so they could learn about different qualities and profiles that the world has to offer, also to give them motivation to improve things so that their coffees could fit well in that market. The exercise went really well, they were all surprised with the intense aroma of the Ethiopian and the unique attributes of the Panamas and Indian. Between the Huila, Inza, Tolima and others from Quindio, there was a coffee that caught my attention during the blind cupping, I firstly thought that it was my Panama, but it kept changing and its sweet winey flavor became stronger, as well as its red fruits fragrance, there was also honey and sugar cane in it. After a while I discovered that it was the one from this Finca and Don Guillermo was there with us, I noticed a slight defect, which is common when there is not enough sun drying, but it is easy to fix, apart from this, the coffee had the attributes that I was looking for in Quindio.

From that moment we kept in touch with Don Guillermo, we meet up a few times because we lived in the same city, we had the opportunity to give him some advice that will help to avoid this little defects, which can cause a rejection from a potential buyer, after a few weeks of experimenting, we finally went to the Finca Bello Horizonte. This visit confirmed all our expectations, it was such a beautiful land in between of the mountains, the view was incredible and you could only hear the noise of the birds, the river and the wind through the leaves of the trees, it was such a holiday. The plantations were very organised, he likes to have shade trees such as avocado, cedro, guamo and nogal. The facilities were very clean and organised, there was a room for every stage, the washing, drying, packaging and storing, what is even better, Rainforest and 4C (Colombian) certification. His father had been working in this farm for 40 years before he passed away, then Don Guillermo took over 30 years ago to make it what it is nowadays, this makes an incredible 70 years tradition and continuos work dedicated to this farm, Guillermo says that he wants his children to keep with the family tradition for many years more. This Finca Bello Horizonte will be our next Special Reserve Estate Coffee in 2014 and just being able to share this with Australian coffee roasters makes us very proud. 

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Owner: Guillermo Lopez
Altitude: 1680 - 1950 masl
Varietals: Caturra, Castillo and Supremo