Finca Arashi, in Loja, Ecuador

Finca Arashi is located in Saraguro, Loja, Ecuador, and is managed by Abel Salinas, a 58-year-old, first-generation coffee grower and fifth out of twelve siblings. The farm sits at an elevation of 1,890 m.a.s.l. and consists of 7 hectares of land, and around 22,000 coffee trees in production and the majority of the production being the exotic Typica Mejorado. However, Abel also grows some Sidra and H1 Hybrid.

Abel starts his Typica Mejorado Washed lot by de-pulping and then dry-fermenting the coffee for 24 hours. Upon washing the coffee, he then immediately places it to dry for 15 days in a greenhouse structure. For the F1 Hybrid Natural lot, the coffee is hand-selected at its ripest, dry-fermented for 48 hours, and placed to dry for 20-25 days. 

Both lots are dried with constant movement to ensure an even drying process until they reach around 10% moisture content.

Putting Saraguro on the Map…

Abel’s parents were farmers for as long as he can remember. He grew up surrounded by fertile lands, but also around adversities, which his family always overcame together (values that he carries with him nowadays). 

Working as a miner in the Costa region around the year 2000, he had to return to his natal farm due to a surgical intervention, where he dabbled into cattle and fruit production. It wasn’t soon after, encouraged by the success of a local producer, that he planted his first coffee trees — February 2016 to be exact, he remembers — and from there, it became the canonic event into his Specialty Coffee Quest (pun intended).

The rest is history and nowadays Abel Salinas is renowned in the region of Loja, winning Ecuador’s 2021 Cup of Excellence! 

This will mark the first year of us working together, but with his dedication and cup quality, we know it won’t be the last!

Join The Coffee Quest in this journey through Ecuador, as we unveil the hidden flavors and heartfelt efforts behind each cup, bringing you the best green coffee from traceable origins. At The Coffee Quest, we’re not just about coffee; we’re about crafting extraordinary experiences, one cup at a time.

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