Nicolás Ocampo - Finca La Julia. Colombia
Producer: Nicolas Ocampo Maya
Farm: Finca Julia
Region: Trujillo, Valle Del Cauca
Altitude: 1500 - 1700 mas
Finca La Julia hides within the mountains of the western range in the Colombian Andes and is currently managed by the second generation of the Ocampo Family. We were lucky enough to make a chance visit to Nicolas' farm Finca Julia in July last year and his entire approach to the management of the farm is impressive. Nicolas grows all his coffee under Rainforest Alliance conditions and is constantly experimenting with new exciting varietals such as this Tabi lot and investing in infrastructure for better processing such as raised beds. This lot is a real juicy cup of coffee with strawberry jam, vanilla and big tropical notes.
The siblings’ father started this farm decades ago, he used to grow and manage the land when Nicolas and Carolina were still children. Nicolás Ocampo remembers while he was still studying in high school, he and his friends would often travel to the farm over weekends to relax and escape the busy city of Cali. When Nicolas and Carlolina’s father sadly passed away, in the year 2000, the siblings Nicolas and Carolina are both committed to producing specialty but not only this, they want their work on the farm to contribute towards better rural development in Colombia. In 2006, Finca La Julia received its Rainforest Certification for being a business that demonstrates responsibility and commitment towards the surrounding environment of the farm. They have also implemented reforestation projects and have taken measures to protect all water sources on the farm. A lot of people like to visit Finca la Julia, not just for its amazing but for the relaxing environment that can be found there. Today, the farm has a hotel where people can stay.