Watermelon - Cola - Peach
Producer: Victor Barrera
Region: Ororapa, Huila
Altitude: 1700-1900 MASL
Process: Washed, Dry Ferment
Relationship Length: Four Years
Transparency Report: Available here
Notes: Luscious and refreshing with notes of watermelon, cola and peach.
This outstanding dry fermented coffee is produced by Victor Barrera of El Tesoro. In our fifth year purchasing from Victor’s operation located in Oporapa, Huila, we continue to be impressed by this coffee’s quality, processing and unique characteristics.
Like most smallholder farms in Colombia, Victor produces parchment coffee, a product defined by the process in which picked cherries undergo fermentation and are then pulped and dried - in this case, for 12 days to around 12% moisture.
The variety of crop, Tabi, is a leaf rust-resistant variety that combines Timor Hybrid, Typica and Bourbon. Here, approximately 4,500 Tabi trees are planted at around 1,700 MASL and spread spaciously across the 3.5 hectares of the farm. According to Victor, the coffee pickers in his municipality prefer Tabi given the ample space between branches and cherry nodes!
With two children in the military, his youngest daughter studying physiology, and his eldest son cultivating pitaya fruit, Victor tends to the farm with his wife and as many as eight to 15 pickers, depending on the harvest.
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