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La Esperanza

Rafael Alfonso Mateus

Flavours of poached pear, white wine
Body     Acidity

Roasted omni for filter and espresso

La Esperanza (The Hope) is a beautiful Colombian coffee from the Huila region, not just for its cupping qualities but also for its significance. Rafael’s farm’s name represents the hope you must never forget when working together as a family to achieve a mutual goal.

In fact, Rafael learned everything about harvesting and processing from his parents and grandparents, who also worked on this land. Aside from coffee, he cultivates other crops and even has a small fish farm. More than a business, is his way of living.

This coffee is a washed process with a mix of Caturra and Bourbon varietals. Its outstanding flavour is not only the product of hard work; according to Rafael, the “varying altitudes and good soils and a favourable climate [is what] makes this farm special.”

His current focus is on improving his post-harvest processing through building better infrastructure and experimentation. However, he admits this is somewhat a never-ending goal, as his approach is constantly evolving with the times.


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).

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Rafael Alfonso Mateus




Palestina, Huila


1700m above sea level


Bourbon, Caturra




November 2021





Roast style


Map showing location of Colombia La Esperanza Rafael Alfonso Mateus


Bourbon varietal

A natural mutation of the Typica varietal, Bourbon is named after Reunion Island (then known as Il Bourbon) where the French cultivated the Typica plants which naturally mutated.

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 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.

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