This is a very good representation of Pink Bourbon. It is bright, crisp, and sweet; with a pointed lemonade-like acidity and a delicate, floral transparency.
Las Mercedes, Palestina, Huila
Hand picked at peak ripeness. Floated. Depulped. Dry fermented for 24 hours. Dried on raised beds or 30 days until moisture content reaches 10.3%.
Jose Alba and his wife Yohana Camacho have lived on the farm Sierra Morena for the last 15 years. The farm is eight hectares (20 acres) in total. Two hectares are planted with Pink Bourbon, and the rest is planted with Tabi. We plan to visit Jose and his wife next year to explore the future of our partnership.
Pink Bourbon is a variety known for the complexity of its acidity and fruit characteristics. The physical look of the seeds and plant, along with its rather distinct flavor profile, point towards it being some sort of Ethiopian Landrace variety. However, to our knowledge Pink Bourbon has not yet been genetically tested, so we cannot say with certainty what exactly it is. Working with our partners at World Coffee Research we hope to have this variety tested this year.
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.