The coffee producing region Huila has been at the forefront of Colombian specialty coffee for some while. This Southern region is located next to the alongside the Andes Mountains and the Los Navados Volcano. The southern regions are one step closer to the equator, making it possible to grow in areas above 2000 m.a.s.l. The presence of rivers and beautiful natural reserves make this a hidden area of beauty, with many micro-climates. The large population smallholder farmers, with average of 1,5 – 2,0 hectare per family, is spread out across the very steap slopes. During a typical drive through the Huila mountains you will find “Marquesinas” or Solar Dryers hanging over steep edges. The Colombian smallholder will typically process from cherry to dried parchment, taking care of both the wet milling and the drying.
The long history of guerilla in the area has influenced many lives and have kept many coffee producers out of sight from the international coffee sector. With a growing access to export markets there is good hope to improve living income, and leaving the past behind. Interesting fact; the region of Huila receive the Denomination of Origin status in 2013, which hold a similar status to the Champagne region in France or other known food & drinks inherit to a geographic area.
Cup profile: Vibrant acidity, medium body, sweet, milk chocolate with occasional citric and raisin notes, and fruity, caramel aroma.