Colombia South Huila San Isidro (200g)
Varietal: Caturra, Castillo
Altitude: 1600-1850 masl
Tasting Notes: Green apple, bright flavors, caramel
Alirio Aguilera Ospina inherited his farm, San Isidro, and his coffee farming knowledge from his father. Over the years, he purchased small lots nearby which gradually increased the area of his farm to eight hectares. Ospina won 1st place at the 2013 Colombia Cup of Excellence competition and in 2012 he recieved recognition in the state of Huila as an enterprising coffee producer. He recently transitioned to focus from volume of production to attainment of higher quality, although he still grows Castillo variety for volume. He changed his approach to production by focusing on plant nutrition, separating varieties, improving cherry selection, extending his fermentation and drying differently.
Coffee farming in this remote region of South of Huila is different from other regions. More than farming it is an art; which has been passed on through generations. The family does their own harvesting usually with the help of neighbours. After the red and ripe cherries are picked, they are depulped by passing them through a manual depulper at the farm. The pulp itself will be used later as a natural fertilizer. The mucilage is immediately removed through the wet process which dissolves its sucrose ingredients, by leaving the beans in a processing tank anywhere from 12 to 18 hours.