Linarco Rodriguez grows coffee near the town of Palestina in southern Huila, one of the most renowned growing regions in Colombia. Huila’s volcanic soils, undisturbed by the intensive agriculture seen further north, are full of nutrition, and alongside high altitude, lead to excellent conditions for producing high quality coffees. We also see a great number of driven and agile small farmers here, many of whom have family history in coffee, but haven’t necessarily been working on the same large industrialised farms for generations, like we see in more established coffee regions. This leads to a willingness to experiment, to innovate, and create lots that fulfil ever changing needs in the speciality coffee market. One example of this is Pink Bourbon, said to be a natural mutation discovered in Huila, an exotic varietal that exhibits crisp and clean aromatic character, often with floral and tropical elements.
Linarco’s family has owned this and for about 25 years, and see it as a true family enterprise. Most of the farm work is accomplished by Linarco, his mother, sister and nephew. Because of this, Linarco feels a responsibility to make sure that they are able to bring in a stable income for their work, and finds this through working with speciality coffee buyers like Cofinet. This lot is a washed Pink Bourbon, showcasing all of the clear varietal characteristics we have come to expect, with a bright citric acidity profile underpinning crisp florals and a deep tropical sweetness.