Santa Mónica

This chilli bourbon is a rare varietal grown in volcanic ash soil and processed carefully with the natural lactic method. A truly wild coffee, giving notes of papaya and banana, with maple and ripe pear acidity.

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This is the very first time we’ve ever tasted the Chilli Bourbon varietal, and we can only say… it’s TOTALLY WILD.


What makes this coffee very special is its crazy flavour. When we first blind-cupped this sample next to a few others, it was just so distinctive and mind-blowing, just something else. When we learnt more about it, we understood. It’s a varietal we had never even heard of, grown in volcanic ash soil and processed carefully by an experienced producer with the natural lactic method. Wild combo.


Jairo Arcila is a third-generation coffee grower from Quindio, Colombia. He is married to Luz Helena Salazar and they have two sons Carlos and Felipe, who you may already know from a previous VS feature, Jardines del Edén.

Jairo’s first job was as Mill Manager for Colombia’s second-largest coffee exporting company, where he stayed until his retirement in 2019. Even though he was working full-time, he found the time and curiosity to start a gig of his own; in 1987, he bought Finca La Esmeralda, a coffee farm where he could play and earn a bit of extra income. This effort brought some fruits, and he could save enough to buy 5 additional farms: Villarazo, Mazatlan, Santa Monica, Maracay and then Buenos Aires.

With the guidance of his sons, who co-founded the importing company Cofinet and know very well the specialty coffee. scene, he’s learnt a lot about the latest trends and best practices. This has prompted him to improve the harvest and processing procedures, and also to experiment with exotic varietals and uncommon methods.

Jairo also grows other agricultural products such as mandarin, orange, plantain, and banana. His favourite way to start the day is with a really good breakfast, even better if he’s surrounded by family. A wise man indeed.


We know very little about this rare natural hybrid. It seems like it originated as a mutation of Bourbon in the area of Acevedo, Huila. It produces distinctive spicy notes, as you will likely feel when you brew it.

Here on the Santa Monica farm, it grows on volcanic ash soil.


This lot was exposed first to a dry aerobic fermentation of 24 hours (the natural part). Then, the fermented cherries were placed inside Grainpro bags for 90 hours and maintained at a temperature below 22 degrees Celsius (the lactic part). In this sealed environment, the bacteria feed on the carbohydrates and sugars found on the mucilage, leading to a high concentration of lactic acid.

Lastly, this coffee was placed on raised beds to sundry, until achieving 11% moisture content.


Time to brew and get fully into the wild! Check out any brewing notes below, or send us an email/Instagram message for tips and guidance. Enjoy, and please let us know your thoughts!

All the images and information about this coffee and producers have been kindly shared by its importer, Cofinet, and edited by us, Sample Coffee (unless linked to or credited otherwise).


Resting beans inside the sealed bag helps develop peak flavours and acidity

Learn how long and why you should wait in our brewing window recommendations.

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Our brewguide recipes are easy to follow and designed to bring the best out of our coffee.


To brew on espresso, we recommend using 20g of beans (dose) to get 60g of espresso out (yield), during 24-28 seconds.

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To brew in infusion/fed brewers (V60, Chemex) use a ratio of 1:16.7 ratio of beans:water.

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To brew in immersion brewers (plunger, AeroPress, Kalita, batch brewer) we recommend using a 1:14.3 ratio of beans:water

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To brew as cold brew we recommend using a 1:12 ratio of beans:water

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Jairo Arcila






1450-1500m above sea level


Chilli Bourbon


Natural Lactic



Tasting notes

Papaya, maple, banana, ripe pear

Roast style


Map showing location of Colombia Santa Mónica

The location

Coffee from Colombia

Colombia is one of the largest coffee producers in the world and benefits greatly from having one of the most unique and complex set of micro-climates of all coffee producing nations.

Farm processes

Natural Lactic process

This technique leaves some flesh on the coffee cherry during processing and drying. This results in flavours which may show jammy fruit and a little winey-ness.

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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