Colombia

Rodrigo Cortez

Released May 23, 2018

Flavours of rosehip, strawberry, poached pear
Body     Acidity

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.

This particular microlot is the Tabi varietal. It’s only the second time we’ve shared a single origin featuring this hybrid varietal (the last was Oscar Bolaños, in late 2017).

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.’

Drying coffee

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.

Country

Colombia

Region

Pitalito, Huila

Altitude

1700 - 1800m above sea level

Varietals

Tabi

Process

Washed

Producer

Rodrigo Cortez

Harvested

October 2017

Body

Medium

Acidity

Soft

Map showing location of Colombia Rodrigo Cortez


What makes up Colombia Rodrigo Cortez?

Varietals

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 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.

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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