Rafael Amaya

Farm: La Montaña & La Virginia / Origin: Timana, Huila.

Rafael Amaya has been involved in coffee all his life. He started out working as a picker across a number of farms before then gaining experience in the processing of coffee cherries. In 2000, Rafael was able to purchase his first coffee farm, La Montaña, and later he could own La Virginia, both farms are in Timana, Huila.

In 2005, Rafael started attending local courses on the production of Specialty Coffee. He worked hard to improve the quality of the coffee he was producing. However, it wasn’t until 2015 when Rafael shifted his focus to producing almost entirely Specialty Coffee. In 2016, Rafael developed his own processing formula for fermenting Washed coffees. Through this new method, he was able to produce coffee scoring an incredible 88 points and above. Today, Rafael ferments his coffees for a massive 60-130 hours without the use of water (anaerobic fermentation) inside Grainpro bags.

At Cofinet, we think Rafael is one of the most outstanding producers in all of Colombia and creates some of the best coffees in the world. His Caturra lots are comparable with some Geshas and other exotic varieties because of the intensely complex fruit flavours he is able to produce while maintaining a clean cup. We are proud to be working with Rafael and are excited by what is to come.