From the megadiverse country of Colombia comes one of the most unique coffees our team has ever tasted. It’s brightness and vibrance will be the perfect addition to your morning as spring and summer make their presence known in Florida.
As the second most diverse country in the world—a fact made even more impressive by the country’s relatively small size—Colombia is home to distinct climate zones determined by landscape and elevation. The country is divided into departments; each of which contain such varying terrains as stretches of the Amazon rainforest, highlands, peaks of the Andes Mountain range, savannahs, and deserts. It is the only South American country with both Atlantic and Pacific coastlines and includes islands that sit to the mainland’s north in the Caribbean Sea.
It is this stark biodiversity, and variety of landscape, climate, and elevation that makes Colombia famous for its coffee production. Twenty of this country’s thirty-two departments produce coffee in vastly different quantities and qualities. Northern and central departments produce most of this country’s coffee, and they make up tasting profiles that are more familiar to us when we think of Colombian coffees—full-bodied, chocolatey, and nutty. But it is the Southwestern departments with high elevation farms like “El Guayacan” that produce smaller quantities of highly unique and complex coffees.
Miriam Quesada Enciso is the owner and operator of Finca El Guayacan in Acevedo, Colombia. This town sits in the southwestern department of Huila, famous for its microlots of craft-processed coffee. Many farmers use new and innovative ways to bring brightness, sweetness, and wild tasting notes to their beans—Miriam uses the anaerobic processing method after harvesting Bourbon variety cherries to do just that. For this new and experimental processing method, the cherries were sealed from oxygen in bags for four days to allow high levels of fermentation before the drying phase. This extra step slows fermentation down, creating highly unique flavor characteristics in the beans. After fermentation, the cherries were taken to a local exporter in Acevedo for drying.
Once we roasted this coffee at our Tallahassee Florida coffee roastery, we knew we had something special on our hands. Its heavy body and high amounts of sweetness contain tasting notes like watermelon, brown sugar, and lime. This coffee was produced in small quantities and will be with us for a very limited time, so make sure to pick one up at any of our cafes or online while we have it.
Huila Finca, Colombia
As the second most diverse country in the world, Colombia is home to varying terrains such as stretches of the Amazon rainforest, highlands, peaks of the Andes Mountain range, savannahs, and deserts. This stark biodiversity makes Colombia famous for its coffee production. The southwestern department of Huila is famous for its microlots of craft-processed coffee.