Oscar Bolaños

We find flavours of passionfruit, pineapple, sultana sweetness

Body     Acidity

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.


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).

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.

Try our brew recipes and videos

Our brewguide recipes are easy to follow and designed to bring the best out of our coffee.


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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View the how to brew espresso (single origin) guide.


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

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View full recipes and videos in our brewguides


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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View full recipes and videos in our brewguides


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

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Oscar Bolaños




Piendamo, Cauca


1700 - 1750m above sea level






August 2017





Tasting notes

Passionfruit, pineapple, sultana sweetness

Roast style


Map showing location of Colombia Oscar Bolaños


Tabi varietal

Released in 2002 as part of Colombia’s efforts to combat leaf rust, it is a hybrid of bourbon, typica and timor.

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 Cauca region of Colombia

Attractive growing conditions afforded by its altitude, proximity to the equator and the protection afforded by surrounding mountains, enabling a stable microclimate year round. Cauca is a region also known for its World Heritage listed national parks, wildlife, and life-giving water sources

Farm processes

Honey process

This technique leaves some flesh on the coffee cherry as it is washed and dried. This tends to give a slightly sweeter flavour, but can also reduce the quality and longevity of the coffee due to the fermentation of the sugars in the flesh.

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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