You only have to walk around this property to understand why it is called El Mirador – "The Look Out". The view is spectacular and truly fitting for a landscape which delivers some of the best coffee in Colombia.
El Mirador is a whole family affair, but its more recent success can be attributed to the pioneering work of one son in particular; Elkin Guzman. Elkin is a recognised leader in the world of coffee producers. Hailing from Pitalito, this extremely intelligent young farmer is using new technologies in amazing ways to improve his techniques in terms of cultivation, harvest, and process. The scrutiny and attention to detail that Elkin maintains are undoubtedly paying off, as he is now producing some of the most consistently impressive coffees we have ever seen come out of Colombia. His secret? Mentor: Arnfulo Leguizamo. Hence why many coffee producers in the region endearingly refer to him as 'Little Arnulfo'.
The Catiope variety in this selection is a cross between Colombian Caturra and Ethiopian heirloom varieties "CA(turra)-(e)TIOPE." It was developed in the Colombian department of Cauca and obtained by Elkin and Banexport in 2014 on an experimental farm visit. The plant is a low-growing, high-bearing tree with slightly copper-colored leaves. The cherry color is generally full-red with a maturation Brix concentration of 20–22°. After a fermentation period of 36 hours in-tank, this new hybrid variety is ready for drying, resting, milling, and shipping.
Listen in as Elkin speaks about his passion to Azahar Coffee in Colombia.
Finca El Mirador, Elkin Guzmán
from Azahar Coffee