We taste: Rhubarb, Forest berries, Citrus peel
Region: El Rosario, San Agustin, Huila
Altitude: 1900 MASL
Harvest: January 2021 Main Harvest
Our final Colombian coffee from the main harvest in San Agustin is a beautiful washed Tabi from a producer rather new to the specialty market. This is Jhons second year selling his coffee internationally and we are really grateful to be working with him.
The quality of this coffee is incredible. The coffee is very clean, with good flavor and complexity. It's a unique cup, with flavors ranging from bright citrus and tart rhubarb to deeper flavors that remind us of forest berries.
Last year, our friends and partners at Semilla purchased Jhons one-bag lot of Tabi. This was the first time Jhon had sold his coffee as a separated micro-lot and one bag is all that he could set aside due to financial and infrastructure reasons. The rest of his coffee he would sell "En Verde" which essentially means the coffee cherry was de-pulped but not further processed and dried. Buyers would then dry the coffee and sell it at a profit. We see this happen a lot in Colombia and other countries because simply the farmers need to receive payment faster. Seling this way requires way less labor and effort, but they often receive at times 50% of what the market price would be. Whereas in the current system for specialty coffee, to put in the work to process and properly dry the coffee to produce a better cup you may receive a higher price but the problem is when you receive that payment. Often times producers cant wait as long as it takes and in turn decide to sell their coffee "wet"
Fortunately, this year, Jhon was able to increase his production from one bag to ten- of which we purchased four. It's crazy to think that someone with the capabilities to produce the level of quality Jhon has can be put in a position where the quality is never recognized and instead gets sold wet.
Stories like this clearly illustrate how the current system by which coffee is sold isn't working for smaller producers.
With the help of our partners at Semilla, we are working to pre-finance our coffees for the producers that really need the money upfront. We are hoping to start this for the upcoming Mitaca harvest in San Agustin
Cherries are collected every three weeks at peak ripeness and are floated to
remove underripe and defective seeds. The remaining cherries are left to ferment for
20 hours, before being de-pulped and placed in plastic bags for an additional
fermentation of 72 hours. The seeds are then rinsed and turned out on raised drying
beds to be dried for 26 days.
Farm Gate Price: 2,235,000 Colombian Pesos / Carga
National Farm Gate Price (January 2021): 1,100,000 Pesos / Carga
FOB Price: 3.45 USD/LB
Our Price: 4.95 USD/LB
We roast to order every Tuesday and ship same day.