Villamaría is a Colombian municipality located in the department of Caldas. The region is fed by numerous sources of water and natural resources. Villamaría is located a few kilometres from the city of Manizales, whose urban areas are surrounded by the Chinchiná River. The drying station "Jamaica" is located in Chinchiná, Caldas. The station currently represents the harvests of 30 to 50 coffee producing families in the surrounding area of Villarazo, sitting at altitudes higher than the drying station itself. As Jamaica sits at a lower altitude of 1300 MASL, it is better suited to the processing of honey and natural coffees due to the hotter temperatures found here.
This station is focussed on the production of washed, honey, and natural lots. With the aid of Nuna dehydrator and mechanical drying systems, controlling humidity and temperature throughout the drying process aids the processing of honey and natural lots. The station processes coffee from 30 to 50 producers 500 metres further up the mountainside.
For the Villamaria washed coffees, cherries are delivered on the day they are harvested. Cherries are floated and sorted before being pulped. They are then fermented for an average of 24 hours before being dried on raised beds.
Variety: Castillo Naranjal.
Altitude: 1750-1800 masl.