Las Perlitas from Huila, Colombia

In Spanish, Las Perlitas means “Little Pearls” and throughout the harvest, it’s quite common that small-holders in Colombia produce lots that aren’t large enough to be exported on their own. However, the quality is often just as good (or better) than samples received from larger lots. As such, we buy all coffees, regardless of size and create a larger, export-size lot based on cup score and profile.

The result is Las Perlitas Huila; a celebrated Washed coffee of various small lots from producers in Huila, whose farms range in elevation from 1,600 to 2,000 m.a.s.l. and grow Pink Bourbon. In most versions, there is usually a mix of varieties, which include Caturra, Pink Bourbon and even sometimes Geisha. However, with the amount of Pink Bourbon being planted in Huila these days, these lots are often very heavily weighted with that variety!

Our little pearls...

Every iteration of Las Perlitas Huila can vary, with many of the small lots coming from Santa Maria, Garzon, Pitalito and Palestina.

We needed a way to award this kind of commitment without punishing for the lack of volume, because that is not what specialty coffee is all about. It has definitely been a team effort with our buying stations across Huila, always hunting for these little pearls, but we are proud of the work we put in, and the producers that contribute to it.

The Coffee Quest believes in the ever-improving quality at farm level, and it is only natural for us to exalt those who, with great passion and perseverance, achieve a micro-lot quality coffee. The idea of Las Perlitas was born from this train of thought.

Let the beauty of our Las Perlitas Huila lots fill you with awe and captivate you with its fruity, complex profiles. If you are looking to elevate your coffee menu, look no further! 

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