STORY:

Finca La Estrella is a five hectare farm in the Huila region of Colombia owned by Freimar Cifuentes. Freimar Cifuentes has been farming coffee for more than fifteen years now and planted Caturra & Pink Bourbon on his farm. This is the first coffee we have bought from him and it came through our friends at Cafe Imports. We have been searching for access to a quality Pink Bourbon for quite a while now and were extremely excited to find one. Take time to really enjoy this rare varietal...

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Colombia Finca La Estrella Pink Bourbon

We were extremely excited to get access to this rare coffee. The varietal Pink Bourbon is a rare hybridization of Red and Yellow Bourbon. It’s known for it’s beautiful complex acidities and sweet tropical flavor notes. This coffee is limited in quantity but will impress your palate and expand your taste knowledge on coffee varieties.

Origin: Colombia

Region: Huila

Farm: Finca La Estrella

Process: Washed, Dried on Parabolic Beds

Elevation: 1750 meters

Varietal: Pink Bourbon

Producer: Freimar Cifuentes

Cup: Tangerine, Cola, Juicy Cherry, Sugarcane

$ 26 .50
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STORY:

Finca La Estrella is a five hectare farm in the Huila region of Colombia owned by Freimar Cifuentes. Freimar Cifuentes has been farming coffee for more than fifteen years now and planted Caturra & Pink Bourbon on his farm. This is the first coffee we have bought from him and it came through our friends at Cafe Imports. We have been searching for access to a quality Pink Bourbon for quite a while now and were extremely excited to find one. Take time to really enjoy this rare varietal in a perfect form.

 

 

PINK BOURBON:

Pink Bourbon is a rare hybrid varietal of Red & Yellow Bourbon and is also known as Bourbon Reseado in some areas. It has a fantastic flavor profile but is extremely hard to find and for producers to keep a consistent harvest. One reason is the the “pink” coloring and make-up are a recessive gene in the plant. It’s easy for the more dominate yellow or red genes to take over especially if they are in close proximity or aren’t quarantined on the farm. Isolation can be expensive and hard on most coffee farms due to pollination. The other reason its difficult is due to it’s color picking consistent ripe cherries is really hard to determine. Typical pickers are use to looking for deep red mature cherries.  A peak maturation period that makes the cherries pink is extremely difficult to pick out with the human eye and to retrain pickers. 

 

All the work is however completely worth it when you taste a 100% Pink Bourbon. Enjoy the bright acidities and fresh tropics of this beautiful unique variety.

  

SUGGESTED USE:

We love this coffee on the Kalita Wave. It has a bit of tricky drain time so adjust your grind a touch coarser and use lots of agitation. 25g coffee to 400g of water is our recipe with a 30 second bloom and a finished drain time of 3.5 minutes. Enjoy this one, it’s special.

 

TRANSPARENCY:

Colombia Finca La Estrella Pink Bourbon

This coffee we bought through our friends at Cafe Imports. Joe Marrocco, from Cafe Imports, came through again on this coffee. We actually tried to purchase four boxes of this coffee earlier but they were sold out. Fortunately for us, circumstances made two boxes become available and we scooped them up immediately. We paid $9.89/lb for the green coffee to Cafe Imports, which was cupped as an 88.25. We bought two 24kg vacuum packs of the green coffee.

 

- The Coffee Commodity purchase price was $1.38/lb when we purchased this coffee.

- The Fair Trade Coffee minimum price was $1.60/lb when we purchased this coffee.

 

* We as a company believe transparency is unbelievably important. However, we decided to only list what is shown because we don’t know where to stop. Do we list the amount of coffee lost in roasting due to moisture loss? Should we list our roaster Mark's salary? The warehouse rent? The utilities? The point of listing things above is not to justify what we charge or what we profit, but to give a realistic snapshot of the industry and how Specialty Coffee can be different than other commodity industries. If you have concerns feel free to email us and I’ll write you back when I’m available. 

- Jon

 

**Direct trade for us means we visited, viewed the operation, approved of the ethics and treatment of staff. It also means, we cupped the coffees and they scored to our standards. Then we paid what the coffee was worth, which is always at least double Fair Trade price and usually even more. We then add a premium on top of the price to go towards social projects in the area or give back some how to the community at large to help cultivate a real relationship with the producer and region. It’s not a certification. There is no governing body that decides when something is direct. Direct trade is marketing, and it means something different for all companies, it is widely abused as well as applauded. We can only say what direct trade means to us. 

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