Los Guacharos - Pink Bourbon, Colombia
Origin: Bruselas, Huila, Colombia
We Taste: Nectarine, Citrus, Syrupy, Floral
Varietals: Pink Bourbon
Process: Fully Washed
12 oz Whole Bean Coffee
It's been nearly two years since we've offered a Colombian coffee and this one is truly special. Firstly, this coffee reflects our new relationship with Shared Source - an importer who works with small holder producers and advocates for the economic, agricultural and intergenerational sustainability of coffee production. Secondly, the varietal of coffee plant (pink bourbon) is relatively rare and renowned for its bright citrus and slightly floral notes.
Los Guacharos are a group of independent, quality-focused small producers in Bruselas, Southern Huila (close to Pitalito). The group is collectively converting to organic agriculture, making their own fertilizers and fungicides, installing complex water filtration systems that use gravity, stones and sand to remove all mucilage residues from waste water to not contaminate water systems.
This lot is made up of pink bourbon lots from five individual producers. Each producer has a slightly different processing method, but all of them pick cherries as ripe as can be, depulp them, ferment until it has reached its ideal washing point for maximum sweetness, and then fully wash the parchment. Each producer has a different regiment, but many dry on raised bets or drying patios, where the coffee is covered with shade cloths. Parchment coffee is stored in grain pro bags at home to ensure that humidity is stable at around 10.5%.
The members of the group have started the conversion to fully ecological and regenerative production, close to biodynamics. The Guacharos produce a brew (called Super Magro) made up of organic minerals and waste products, molasses, bone ash and manure (among other ingredients), fermented with microorganisms collected from virgin soils and used as a fertilizer and protectant from disease. The Super Magro is edible, incredibly effective, and represents a producer-driven grassroots movement empowering producers to increase soil health, reduce costs and stop dependence on chemicals.