Huila is a southwestern department of Colombia. It is the country's biggest coffee producer, even though it is mostly composed of small farms. The secret behind their productivity is that the farms all have their small micro beneficio, or processing station.
This coffee is sourced from Augusto Ortega at Finca Las Asturias in San Augustin, Huila. Augusto’s lineage makes him and others of his generation the closest thing to royalty in the coffee world. Now 58 years old, he began his life as a coffee farmer alongside his father, who was one of the first to start commercial coffee farming in the region.
The cherries were picked every 15 days when they reach their peak maturity. They are left to ferment in the cherry overnight before being pulped the next morning and allowed to undergo dry fermentation for an additional 32 hours. Once rinsed to remove any remaining mucilage, they are spread out to dry on raised, shaded beds for 20-22 days.
The resulting cup reminds us of tropical fruits, caramel and florale notes.