Single Origin Project March: Colombia El Mirador

Dudes - with all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we wanted to take a moment to stop and celebrate the farmers who grow the amazing coffees we are honored to roast. To that end, we are launching our “single origin of the month” project. Each month we’ll select an offering we’re super stoked about and highlight the hard work and care that goes into each coffee. This is our way of saying “thank you” to everyone involved and we can’t wait to share these stories with you.

Finca El Mirador is located in the tiny town of Picuma, in the Suaza municipality of Huila, one of Colombia's southern departments. The farm is co-owned by Jose Jaaidir Losada and Kyle Bellinger*. Jose started the farm more than ten years ago with his brother and also owns two other properties nearby. Jose also works as the head of QC at the local Coocentral coop, where he cups coffees brought in by regional members. Several years ago, Kyle was traveling in Colombia when he met Jose. Jose acted on the potential he saw in the improvements they discussed and Kyle became a parter of Finca El Mirador. They invested and acquired another .8 hectares and built a new wet mill. They also are currently converting the farm to organic so they can have the very best soil health and microorganisms possible. Beyond coffee, Finca El Mirador has planted corn, papaya, and plantain and has a small hive of active honeybees.

*Photo by Kyle Bellinger.