As you arrive to finca la Piragua, you see a big field of pitaya (or dragon fruit) plantations. When you
arrive to the Vargas Family’s house you ask yourself, where’s the coffee? But pitaya is how Alexander
Vargas diversifies his crops. Coffee has always played a major part in Alexander Vargas’ life as he comes
from a coffee growing family. Around the year 2000, he decided to start producing coffee on his own.
He acquired a piece of land, that was a shrubland, and he dedicated to cleaning the land and plant his
first coffee trees. He has expanded the farm since then. One of the most special characteristics of Finca
La Piragua is that Alexander built it and adapted it to be a coffee plantation from scratch. His hard work
and dedication have made Finca la Piragua one of his most treasured and prized possessions. He is very
proud to say that everything he owns was created by him and his family. Today, he has 10 hectares of
coffee, 7 of them are under production and the rest grown with dragon fruit. Alexander works together
with his wife Lidia to process and to produce specialty coffee. Alexander takes care of harvesting coffee
trees, and together with Lidia, they both take care of the fermentation and drying processes.
In around 2006, Alexander decided to focus on producing solely specialty coffees as a way to add value
and find recognition for his hard work on every lot that he delivered. This combined with his desire to
continue what he was doing, but to do it more productively in order to offer his family a greater level of
economical sustainability. To achieve this, he started working with a coffee group called Café
Quebradón, where he learned and gained much experience and knowledge. After his stint at the group,
he continued working as an independent producer, applying everything that he had learnt to his farm.
Alexander is always looking for ways to improve and is he is currently working on improving processes
and infrastructure to offer roasters better quality.
Farm NameLA PIRAGUA
FarmerALEXANDER VARGAS OSORIO
Farm Size10 hectares
OverallCaramel, Chocolate, Cranberry, Delicate, Graham Cracker, Grapefruit, Mild acidity, Nice, Overall sweet and delicate
Aroma / FlavorRed Apple , Berry, Blackberry, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Caramelized peach, Citrus Fruit, Cocoa, Green Apple, Honey, Intense, Jasmine, Java apple, Lemon water, Lemongrass, Moras Rojas, Muscat, Peach, Raspberry, Red Currant, Red Grape, Roasted Almond, Roasted Hazelnut, Salted plum, Strawberry, Sugercane, Sweet herb, Tropical Fruit, Walnut, Watermelon
AcidityMalic Acid , Bright , Citric Acid , Green Apple, Juicy, Lemon, Lemon & Lime, Lime, Malic acidity, Mild malic acidity, Red fruit, Sweet citric, Tart, White Grape, Winey