Grown by Silvia Vargas and her family on her farm up to at a wheezy 1900m altitude. Using crops from her Caturra & Typica trees, she has produced an archetypal example of Colombian sustainable coffee. Las Acacias is a Rainforest certified farm, covering a variation in canopy height and diversity in flora.
We have been buying coffee from Silvia since 2014 when we were trying to find a unique coffee for one of our customers, rooted in Bath. We tried about 12 different coffees from a variety of farms in Colombia, before settling on Las Acacias for its unique flavour. Although typical of a Colombian coffee with its chocolatey and cherry flavours, the addition of the candied orange notes made it stand out. It is generally sold as a single origin espresso because of this unique flavour, however, it does go into our 100% Rainforest Alliance certified blend La Selva.
Las Acacias is more than just a sustainable coffee plantation. It is a piece of land located on the mountain slopes of southeastern Antioquia, in a Colombian town with a rich tradition of coffee growing known as Ciudad Bolívar. In an area that was historically rocked by violence, inequality and a culture of corruption, new life in the form of a renewed coffee industry. Investment in the next generation of producers is welcome progress.
Since 1994, this plantation has belonged to the Vargas Restrepo family. With the help of hardworking rural farmers, they use time-tested methods, handed down from their ancestors, to grow the best coffee beans. Together, they take pains to employ exemplary farming practices, to show respect for the environment, to know their employees’ worth, and above all else, to possess a deep knowledge of coffee beans.