Finca Betanía: Colombia

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Finca Betanía: Colombia

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This is our second year purchasing from and third lot from Lino and his sister Graciela Rodriguez Ospina. This small, short-run microlot is a follow-up to the experimental lot from Graciela that we featured this winter; this is the cultivar that Lino is planting to replace the Castillo trees at his family's farm.

Tabi coffee organically grown at 1780 MASL in Palestina; hand-picked and sorted for ripeness; floated; pulped and floated; fermented under water in tile tanks for 36 hours; washed; dried in shade on patios for 21 days.

What we taste: Silky, tangerine, stone fruit

Net weight: 12 ounces

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Our cup runneth over with tears of sadness as we roast the last of our lot from Kossa Geshe in Ethiopia. We'll be dreaming of strawberries until next summer. Replacing it, very briefly, will be a coffee from one of our favorite producers in Colombia, Finca Betanía.

You might remember that back in March (until April) we featured an experimental lot from Graciela Rodriguez Ospina. That was a Castillo cultivar that was processed according to a protocol we designed to improve the cup quality of coffee from that type of tree—a pilot project that we're replicating with another producer in Colombia this month. Ultimately, Lino (Graciela's brother and coffee producer extraordinaire) replaced the Castillo trees on his family's farms with Tabi, an exotic cultivar which is a cross of Timor, Bourbon and Typica that has occasionally been observed to have resistance to coffee leaf rust. It also tends to produce delicious coffee. Because it was exotic (read: expensive), we purchased just a small amount of this lot — so it won't be available for more than a week or two before we move on to the next coffee (another from Ethiopia).

We paid about 1.3 million Colombian pesos per carga to the Rodriguez-Ospina family for this coffee (about 90% higher than the current Federation base price), $1.50 per pound to the exporter for agronomic support, milling, vacuum sealing and export services; and about $0.90 per pound to the importer for logistics and financing.