Farmer: Alcides Quinayas @ El Eucalipto
Origin: Llanada de Naranjos, San Agustin, Huila
Notes: Twix bar, cherry, almond
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Alcides’ history in coffee growing began at an early age as by 14 he was working in the farm with his parents in the nearby hamlet of Alto del Obispo. By 17, he had inherited his first lot of 1,200 Caturra trees but within a few years, an attack of roya struck the farm and he was reduced to selling it depulped and wet (en verde) on the local market. Around this same time, his parents had just purchased the farm El Eucalipto and they decided to plant Tabi because at that time, there was a lot of enthusiasm for this variety due to to a video that was going around amongst smallholders. In it, a farm in nearby La Argentina, Huila had planted Tabi and received a huge production per tree and he and his family were surprised to see
this production. Due to the long branches of the Tabi, it’s recommended that the tree are planted at a large distance from one another (around 2.5 metres radius), and Alcides' first step into taking over this farm was managing this planting.
In 2018, Alcides took a course in sensory and physical analysis at SENA, the Colombia Coffee Grower Federation’s science arm and from there, he began looking for better opportunities to sell his coffee at a differentiated price. He was introduced to the Monkaaba project through Don Augusto Ortega, a mainstay in the history of San Agustin coffee growing, who is friends with Alcides’ father. We’ve been happy to purchase Alcides’ microlots since 2021, but the reality is that microlot
production has been difficult for him, especially with the Tabi variety which we explain below.