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Norbey Quimbayo

Pink Bourbon

Flavours of strawberry, sherbet, passiona
Body     Acidity

Roasted omni for filter and espresso

This coffee was produced by Norbey Quimbayo and his wife on their farm, La Esmeralda, in Colombia’s Huila district. It’s all tropical fruit and sherbet and we’re loving it here at the roastery.

Norbey’s farm is in Acevedo, Huila, under an hour away from Pitalito where microlots from across Huila are collected for milling.

Huila boasts the perfect combination of high quality soil and geography to produce high quality, fruit-driven fruits like the coffees we feature here at Sample. It’s quickly becoming one of the largest coffee-producing regions in Colombia.

About Norbey and his family business

Norbey inherited his father’s farm about 25 years ago. During the first years, they had a smooth time producing “commodity” quality coffee, but after the crisis and price drop in 2006 the profits started being compromised.

Because of this, he enrolled in the Colombia Coffee School, where he learned about different strategies to elevate the quality of his coffee and therefore higher revenue and a worthwhile income.

The Pink Bourbon varietal

This Pink Bourbon is harvested following a strict ripeness criteria, and cherries are later floated and hand sorted. The coffee is then exposed to a dry fermentation of 20 hours with the pulp on afterwards pulped and fermented for 20 hours without water, then washed, and dried on raised beds to an ideal moisture content.

The Dry Anaerobic process

This method is borrowed from winemaking. The washed (de-pulped) coffee fruits are placed into a sealed tank in which the atmosphere is pre-filled with CO2 gas. Here, the cherries ferment without the help of any yeasts or oxygen, in this case for 27 hours. Norbey finishes the process by slowly sun-drying the coffee beans in raised beds to their ideal moisture content.

The dry anaerobic process is known for boosting tropical, sweet flavours. In addition to the very high altitude conditions (1700+ above sea level, meaning slower-growing cherries), make for a fine, complex cup that makes us dream of passion fruit and sweet lollies.


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

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Pink Bourbon varietal

Cultivated from hybridization of Red and Yellow Bourbon. It’s very rare, but the producers say it is quite resistant to rust. Pink and Orange Bourbons are very difficult to produce with consistency.

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 + Dry Anaerobic 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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