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Filo Del Oso


Our first VS feature of 2024 is a trifecta of origin-varietal-process with extra fruitiness given by an extended washed fermentation. We find hints of raspberry, rhubarb and caramel.

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Roasted omni for filter and espresso

A Colombia-Gesha-washed process trifecta with extra fruitiness given by an extended fermentation.


This first VS for 2024 is an image of what we hold dear in this section of Sample Coffee: it’s from Colombia, it’s Gesha, and it’s a washed process. Without being too crazy in flavour profile or obscure in its fermentation, it’s a great example of high-quality coffee production and cup presence.

If anything, the extended fermentation (~36h) adds enhanced fruitiness to the characteristic tea-like notes of the Gesha varietal. It’s a beautiful coffee—a perfect start for another VS year.


Isaias Cantillo used to work as a coffee picker, moving from farm to farm through the Huila, Tolima, and Risaralda departments. When he met Nidia, his wife, he decided it was time for him to settle down in his own piece of land in Suaza, which he named La Esperanza.

Their children grew up surrounded by coffee trees. JosĂ© Manuel, one of them, knew from early on that he wanted to continue with his father’s legacy. So, in 2003, he decided to start producing coffee on the piece of land his father gave him—Finca Filo del Oso.

Even if it’s his own farm, he works closely with his brothers, who all live in the surroundings. They all help each other and work together toward the same objective: to produce high-quality coffee.

Over the years, Jose Manuel has learned to cup coffee and differentiate quality grades. He is motivated to improve his processes to achieve excellent quality—the secret to success, for him, is to do things with love and dedication.


This lot is a Gesha varietal, fermented with water for 36 hours in tanks, then fully washed and dried on raised beds.


Green coffee certifications: PECA

All the images and information about this coffee and its producers have been kindly shared by the importer, Caravela, and edited by us, Sample Coffee (unless linked to or credited otherwise).

Resting beans inside the sealed bag helps develop peak flavours and acidity

Learn how long and why you should wait in our brewing window recommendations.

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To brew on espresso, we recommend using 20g of beans (dose) to get 60g of espresso out (yield), during 24-28 seconds.

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To brew in infusion/fed brewers (V60, Chemex) use a ratio of 1:16.7 ratio of beans:water.

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To brew in immersion brewers (plunger, AeroPress, Kalita, batch brewer) we recommend using a 1:14.3 ratio of beans:water

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To brew as cold brew we recommend using a 1:12 ratio of beans:water

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José Manuel Cantillo


Finca Filo del Oso






1750m above sea level






October 2023



Tasting notes

Raspberry, rhubarb, caramel

Roast style



Gesha varietal

An exceptionally high quality variety that has grown in popularity, Gesha is named after the town of Gesha in Ethiopia where the seeds originated.

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 Huila region of Colombia

This region boasts the perfect combination of high quality soil and geography and is quickly becoming one of the largest coffee producing regions in Colombia. One of the best regarded regions for high quality, fruit driven coffee.

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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