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El Cairo

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About El Cairo

Our Head of coffee

Will says:

“The orange and mandarin flavours found in this coffee are really representative of coffee from the Huila area of Colombia, the citrus flavour of coffee from El Cairo is something I really look forward to tasting each year. The citric acidity complements the flavours of orange and the ripe fruit sweetness, the mouthfeel is syrupy and coating.”

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About the farm

When Faibre Vega Salazar’s father inherited a coffee plantation and noticed his children’s interest in coffee growing, he gave one hectare to each of them. There were seven siblings, who had all been taught the traditional ways of growing coffee from their grandmother, so the farms flourished. Among his brothers and sisters, it was Faibre who took the initiative to get a loan and begin to process coffee as well as grow it. It was a smart move and Faibre has now extended to buy his neighbour’s plantation, which he runs with passion and intelligence. As well as replanting the farm with coffee varieties resistant to a fungus that can destroy coffee crops in Colombia, Fabire has planted banana trees as windbreaks which help his coffee to flourish.

About the processing

Among the many improvements he’s made to his farm, Faibre has built a concrete wet mill, which - along with the dryer - is run by his son Eirner Mauricio. Faibre and Eirner’s ambition and love of coffee means they’re always looking to boost the quality of the coffee processing. The next big step for them will be to invest in stainless steel tanks, which will improve the consistency of the fermentation process, producing even better results.

A quick Q&A with the farmer, Faibre Vega Salazar:

How has life changed for you and your family since you started working with Pact

coffee? Our quality of life has changed drastically since we started to work with Pact Coffee; not only for the family but also for the workers we employ year by year. We have been able to renovate completely the farm, being able to have a new coffee sorter and depulper, a new drying space We refurbished our home, building a proper roof and floor. We also modified the housing for the employees, as they are as important as the members of my family. Working with pact has been the most important achievement as a coffee producing company, it has been a complete success. As well, we can have better agronomic practices by doing more fertilization, better care of the plants, to produce a better coffee.

Tell us something about your farm that you could only know by working there..

My farm is a beautiful place, it’s not easy to describe it in words because it is an experience. Here you always have an amazing view… At my farm we don’t need to worry for anything, people who work here know how dedicated we are so they give their best.

What’s the appeal of working with Pact?

It’s like an award, this company reward me for all the effort I’ve put in over the years. I’m very happy working with Will [our Head of Coffee] and I would love to work with him forever.

Working with Pact does not just have an an economic value, but an emotional one too. I feel proud because Colombia is full of coffee growers and they have chosen my coffee to be internationally recognized.

How has your business changed since working with Pact Coffee?

Nowadays, thanks to our deal with Pact Coffee, my farm is improving continuously. Before we fertilized the plants maybe twice a year but now we have almost doubled that. I can also pay my pickers a higher wage, which means I can ask them to pick only the ripe beans, which improves the quality of the coffee.

What makes you proud to grow coffee?

On Father’s Day my son, Santiago, told me I was his hero and he wants to be like me when he grows up. Even though he is very young he likes to work with me on the farm, wearing his little boots and walking by my side.

What does coffee mean to you?

It’s my main source of income and it generates employment and welfare. Usually in coffee growing areas, it’s a place where violence is set aside, and more people are working.

Where is your favourite place to relax on the farm?

There is a site with a panoramic view of the property. It’s where I like to be, it’s my place for reflection.

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Details

ACIDITYCitric (Orange)
ALTITUDE1550m
FLAVOUROrange and mandarin
MOUTHFEELSyrup
COUNTRYColombia
PROCESSWashed
PRODUCERFaiber Vega Salazar
ROAST PROFILEMedium
SWEETNESSRipe Fruit
TASTING NOTEOrange and mandarin
VARIETALColombia and Castillo
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