Colombia El Camilo
John Jairo Rojas first farm was given to him by his father when he was 15 years old in 1982. He planted 500 trees and since then started his career as a coffee producer, taking care of everything himself and basing every decision on all of the knowledge his father had passed to him until that time. In 1993 John got married to Sonia Granados, his current wife and together they grew their farm to 4,000 trees in 1998 and then 7,000 more a few years later. In 1995 they had their first child named Camilo and in 1999 they had a daughter whom they named Ana Maria.
Today The Rojas Granados family has a plantation of 18,000 trees located to an altitude of 1,900 meters above sea level. Thanks to all the years of experience and the advantage of having a healthy and rich soil, John has gotten to produce an excellent complex coffee.
During the harvest time, workers walk the fields every day picking only the ripe cherries, all cherries do not ripen at the same time so it is necessary to pass by the same tree several times during a harvest period. At the end of the day John pulps the coffee collected and let it seat on the fermentation tank overnight or until the mucilage on the beans breaks apart and can be washed out, this process takes between 12 and 20 hours depending on weather conditions. After the fermentation process is complete, John washes the coffee by putting the beans through a channel filled with water and constantly moving them with a paddle until they are completely clean. The water used in the process is taken directly from the source located on the top of the mountain.
In addition to the coffee, John also plants plantain and banana trees in order to provide shade for the coffee plantation and get an additional source of income for the family during the off harvest season.
No pesticides or insecticides are used at Finca el Camilo on the harvesting or processing of the coffee cherries. Organic compost made at the farm is commonly used on the farming process and clean water is used for washing the beans.