Farm: Multiple farmers contributing 1 to 15 bags
Variety: Caturra and Colombia
Altitude: 1500 to 1700 masl
Proc. Method: Washed and sun dried
Tasting Note: A mellow balance of stone fruit sweetness, grape acidity and a rounded creamy finish
Regional Selects is a new project being created in Colombia meant to highlight the unique profiles found that are inherent in specific micro-regions within Colombia, including Huila.
Remember that the average Colombian farmer has only about 3 hectares of coffee that might produce 60 bags of exportable quality coffee. So, as the harvest season progresses, they might make 3 -4 trips to town bringing 10-15 bags of coffee. Those receipts are cupped in the regional lab of Banexport and set aside if they are top quality and pass the strict standards in place. The coffees are then cupped and coffees scoring 86 points and above are set aside. Coffees scoring 86-88 coffees are kept together by community for the "Regional Select Project". A premium is paid for anything above 86 points – with the idea that quality coffee takes more time and effort and is worth more to all of us.
Some statistics about Huila
- Coffee represents 7.3% Gross Domestic Product • 301,000 people depend on coffee activities • 103,200 direct jobs and 198,000 indirect jobs in the coffee sector • 96% of the producers are smallholders with an average size farm of 1.5 hectares. The smallholders produce the 82% of the coffee production • Huila production represents 16.30% of Colombia’s total production. In last few years the production of specialty coffee has increased in this region.