We’re sharing something a little different with this coffee from Colombia – actually, a few different things (it’s the first honey-processed Tabi varietal in Australia, too!)
Let’s start with Tabi, the varietal: it’s the first time we’ve featured this hybrid, which was released in 2002 as past of Colombia’s ongoing fight against the coffee leaf rust disease. It was created by crossing the Typica, Bourbon and Timor Hybrid varietals.
The name comes from the Guambiano dialect, translating as ‘good.’
Secondly, you might have noticed this coffee is honey processed: also something unusual in our usual deliveries. Most of the coffee we share is washed process, where all the flesh of the coffee cherry is removed by a depulping machine. The coffee is then fermented, washed and dried.
Honey process is where the pulping machine only removes a percentage of the flesh. The coffee is then dried with some of the flesh remaining, which means the sugars in the flesh are then present in the coffee. This coffee’s page on the website has photos and more on honey process.
We tend to showcase washed coffees because we think it highlights the unique characteristics of each coffee, and has a cleaner cup profile, but when we tasted this coffee we loved it, and wanted to share it with you.
About the varietals in Oscar Bolaños
Released in 2002 as part of Colombia’s efforts to combat leaf rust, it is a hybrid of bourbon, typica and timor
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.