Arley Yate Hernandez

Flavours of pomegranate, orange blossom, blood orange
Body     Acidity

Best as black espresso/filter

We’re in Colombia for this week’s delivery, with a delicious coffee from Tolima. It’s from Arley Yate Hernández’s farm La Esperanza (‘Hope’) near the town of Rio Blanco.

Arley Yate Hernandez and family at El Esperanza Photo: Caravela

He’s shared some of his story in his own words:

I’m from Tolima, through out the years my parents taught me about coffee farming as it was my family’s main source of income and way of living.

We worked together to sustain our family. I bought my farm, La Esperanza ten years ago. Throughout the time one needs to adapt to the changes and progress, that’s what specialty coffee means to me, to my family.

We needed a better income so we start looking on how to get it with the things we had. Fortunately, we found [Sample’s Colombia coffee partner] Caravela and their prices based on quality of the coffee, right now there’s no other company with higher buying prices and I’m happy my coffees reach the quality grades.

My farm and way of farming is the legacy I’ll leave to my children, just as my parents taught me.

Coffee trees growing on the hills at El Esperanza Photo: Caravela

Arley grows around 7,000 coffee trees on El Esperanza, which is around 1,500 hectares in size. They’re all the Caturra varietal, which is one of the most commonly grown varieties in Colombia.


Arley Yate Hernandez




Rio Blanco, Tolima


1800m above sea level









Roast style


Map showing location of Colombia Arley Yate Hernandez

What makes up Colombia Arley Yate Hernandez?


Caturra varietal

Caturra is a natural mutation of Bourbon that was originally discovered in Brazil in 1937, considered to be the first naturally occurring mutation ever discovered.

The location

Coffee from Colombia

Colombia is one of the largest coffee producers in the world and benefits greatly from having one of the most unique and complex set of micro-climates of all coffee producing nations.

The Tolima region of Colombia

Previous epicentre of conflict between the government and FARC rebels, only just starting to open itself up to more reliable and transparent exports. Some of our favourite Colombians have emerged from this region, unfortunately often not through consistent seasons and in very small quantities

Farm processes

Washed process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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