THE STORY BEHIND EL JIGUAL
Alto Patico, in the Huila region of southwest Colombia, is characterized by steep inclines and river-carved ravines. Dario Anaya’s farm, El Jigual, sits among tall cliffs and dams that keep the river from washing out the road.
Dario’s coffee is mechanically de-pulped, allowed to sit dry in tanks to ferment, and then washed and moved to raised beds inside covered solar dryers. He grows the Colombia F6 variety recommended by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation for its high yields and resistance to leaf rust. Quality has been a controversial topic with the Colombian varieties, but farmers like Dario are proving that with the proper attention and care these plants can produce an outstanding crop.
We have been visiting this area since 2011, and each year the region shows growth in quality and consistency. With its round molasses depth and blackberry finish, El Jigual is an incredible example of a coffee from Huila, Colombia.