162 | La Soledad – Chiroso

Producer
Elpidio Arboleda
Description
Floral, green tea, stone fruit, honey
Process
Washed
Varietals
Chiroso
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,100meters
Position
ETA June, 2024
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey

Born into a coffee family, Elpidio grew up learning the subtleties of producing coffee from his father. Fifty years later, he is still working with coffee. He manages La Soledad with the help of his daughter, Erika, and son in law, Frainer Rueda.
La Soledad, is planted with 20,000 trees of the Chiroso varietal. Planning for long-term production, Elpidio methodically planted sections of trees at different times. This allows him to have more trees planted as they are not all in production at the same time. He can also prune older trees down to regenerate without a significant yield loss.
Elpidio is meticulous about his processing, using a 24 hour cherry fermentation prior to depulping the coffee. He then gives it another 48 hours of fermentation before the drying stage, which usually takes between 3 days and a week, depending on weather conditions.He has participated in coffee competitions for the past 5 years, topping the Antioquia coffee competition in 2019.