The young visionary Aquilino, at the age of 12, moved to the department of Caldas in 1945, where he spent more than 10 years learning the techniques of coffee growing. He invested the money he earned back into coffee when he returned to his village. From his parents he bought part of the current farm on which he established 6 coffee fields and became a role model and leader in coffee growing in the wider area.
“At La Quinta Farm we produce high quality, environmentally friendly and socially just coffee”
Aquilino, meanwhile, is one of the more conservative farmers in our collaboration. We enjoy the place where the farm is located. The Boyacá region has incredibly fertile soil that has huge potential in growing fine coffee.
San Pablo, Boyacá
Finca “La Quinta” has more than 70 years of tradition in coffee growing. In addition to growing specialty coffees, the family has been growing flowers for several years, mainly orchids and succulents. Last but not least, Aquilino seeks to ensure fair treatment of all those involved in coffee production and the ecological sustainability of the farm.
Our first collaboration started with one lot of a blend of colombia and castillo varieties, which Aquilino processed using the classic washed method. After harvesting, the ripe cherries were thoroughly sorted and fermented for 48 hours with regular stirring every 8 hours. The coffee was then washed and sun-dried in parabolic dryers for 15 days.