COLOMBIA – Santa Isabel
*For subscribers please note that we expect this coffee to run until Q4 2023, after which we will replace it with a fresh crop from Colombia, hand picked by us and traded directly by the full container into Port of Cork.
Altitude: 1400-2000 masl
Varieties: Castillo, Caturra
Cupping notes: Watermelon, Blood Orange, Brown Sugar
Cupping score: 86
Colombia is one of the world’s top producers of Arabica coffee, and over the years the country has become synonymous with quality coffee. The country has nurtured its coffee industry over the years and the spirit of innovation is strong; new coffee varieties and processing innovations have come from Colombia as well as classic, balanced lots beloved by coffee drinkers. Most of the country’s coffee is grown by small producers scattered in its many coffee growing regions.
These coffee growers in rural Colombia have seen decades of low-intensity political conflict between paramilitary groups, guerrilla groups, and the government, though a peace deal approved in 2016 made great strides in the peace and reconciliation process. In the charming towns of San Juan de la China, Anzoátegui, and Santa Isabel live the 50 producers that have contributed to this lot of coffee.
The Tolima department borders Huila and Cundinamarca, and is located in west central Colombia. In past centuries, indigenous cultures thrived here, and a small indigenous population remains here today. Tolima is renowned for its music and distinctive cuisine as well as its excellent coffee. Breathtaking mountains provide the high altitudes needed to produce outstanding coffee.