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Colombia Huila - Tarqui

Cherry tart, rhubarb, orange peel, brown sugar
$4.46 / lb $688.28 / bag
Bag Weight 70 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
Status Spot
Lot Number P609066-2
  • 70 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Nestled on the eastern foothills of the Andes as they split into three distinct mountain ranges and many microclimates, the small village of Las Nieves in the Tarqui municipality of Huila, Colombia, is surrounded by small family coffee farms of 1-3 hectares in size. These include Las Acacias where Willian Sain Trujillo grows Caturra and Colombia at 1800 meters.  

Country of Origin Colombia
Harvest Season 2021/22
Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10 8DEF
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Variety Caturra, Colombia
Region Huila - Tarqui municipality, Las Nieves village
Farm Name Las Acacias
Growing Altitude 1800m

History of Coffee in Colombia

As with many coffee origins, it is believed that coffee was first brought to Colombia by priests, arriving, perhaps, within a decade or two after coffee first came to the Americas via the Caribbean in the first half of the 17th century. It was likely a garden crop grown for local consumption and barter for decades. Unlike other coffee regions, we have the story of a priest named Francisco Romero, who could be called the father of commercial coffee cultivation in Colombia. The folkloric tale goes that in the early 1800’s, Father Francisco, hearing confessions in the north eastern town of Salazar de la Palmas, assigned planting coffee to his parishioners as penance for their sins. The Archbishop of Colombia heard about this and ordered all priests to adopt the practice. Commercial production of coffee expanded quickly, moving into regions where the growing conditions were ideal. 

Growing Coffee in Colombia

Even though it’s been 4,000 years, the soil resulting from the last major eruption of Tolima is still considered “young soil,” filled with nutrients that are no longer found at the same levels in old soil. There is a long list of elements on offer in volcanic soil that are fading or absent in other soils, such as high levels of potassium and nitrogen. Also present is something called “Boron,” which arrived from outer space a long time ago, and is important to cell walls, the creation of enzymes, and the production of flowers and fruit, meaning Boron contributes to yield. Beyond the nutrients, the structure of volcanic soil is also beneficial to coffee growing. It can soak up and hold moisture while, at the same time, facilitate good drainage so water doesn’t pool, which is not good for coffee plant roots. Coffee plants like to take a drink, then take a break. Also, volcanic soils are usually found on an incline, which also helps with drainage. 

  • Status Spot
  • Region Huila - Tarqui municipality, Las Nieves village
  • Farm Name Las Acacias
  • Processing Washed
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Caturra, Colombia
  • Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10 8DEF
  • Growing Altitude 1800m
  • Screen Size 90% over screen 16
  • Ctrm Region Huila
  • Country of Origin Colombia
  • Warehouse The Annex
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • CTRM Contract Number P609066-2

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