This extraordinary Pink Bourbon lot is as close to perfect harvesting and cherry selection as we have seen in Colombia. It is bright, crisp, and sweet, with a pointed lemonade-like acidity, excellent berry complexity and a floral transparency.
Las Mercedes, Palestina, Huila
Hand-picked at peak ripeness. Floated. Depulped. Dry fermented for 24 hours. Dried on raised beds for 30 days until moisture content reaches 10.3%.
This separation from Sierra Morena is named after the farm manager, Mayor Domo, who is largely responsible for the farm's ability to produce the quality of coffee that it does. The farm is eight hectares (~20 acres) in total; two planted with Pink Bourbon, and the rest planted with Tabi. This farm consistently produces some of the best Pink Bourbon we taste out of the entire region of Southern Huila, and it is an honor to roast and work with their coffees.
Pink Bourbon is a relatively new variety being grown primarily in and around Huila, Colombia. The variety has been identified genetically as an Ethiopian Landrace, but unfortunately, we cannot be any more specific as to its origins until there is a larger genetic database.
The cost of getting a coffee from cherry to beverage varies enormously depending on its place of origin and the location of its consumption. The inclusion of price transparency is a starting point to inform broader conversation around the true costs of production and the sustainability of specialty coffee as a whole.