Rodrigo’s farm is around 5km from Pitalito, one of the more famous coffee regions in Colombia and a name you might recognise from some of our favourite microlots recently.
Tabi was released in 2002 as past of Colombia’s ongoing fight against Roya, the coffee leaf rust disease, which has been plaguing coffee plantations since the late 19th century. Coffee growers have been creating hybrids with resistance to the fungus, and this particular one was created by crossing the Typica, Bourbon and Timor Hybrid varietals.
The name Tabi comes from the Guambiano dialect, translating as ‘good.’
Unlike many of the farmers we showcase, Rodrigo dried this coffee the traditional Colombian way: on large concrete patios.
We most often share coffee which has been dried on raised beds, where the processed beans are dried on raised platforms so that air can flow underneath to ensure even drying. This approach is typical in Africa, but has since started to be adopted by growers in Central and South America.
You can read more about drying coffee at Coffee Research.