Colombia Jairo Arcila - Honey Pink Bourbon Lychee
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Floral, intense lychee, apple, caramel and lime
Even in ideal growing conditions, Pink Bourbon is challenging to cultivate. In addition to meticulous plant maintenance, farmers must isolate their crops to encourage successful cross-pollination and the ongoing production of pink fruit. Harvesting also requires extra diligence: coffee pickers look for subtle color nuances that separate under-ripe cherries from mature ones. Given all the variables that need to align, this lot seems almost miraculous. Elegant and balanced with sweet floral tones, this is a truly breathtaking cup profile.
This coffee was grown by Jairo Arcila at the farm Santa Monica. This coffee was exposed to a dry anaerobic fermentation period of 72 hours with the pulp on. During this fermentation stage, lychee was added. The cherries were then pulped and placed to dry on raised beds until ideal moisture content was achieved.
This micro-lot is 100% Pink Bourbon. This varietal is currently under research in order to determine its origin. It is said that it is a mutation that took place at 2100 m.a.s.l in San Adolfo, Huila.
The aroma impression is immediately the intense lychee, overlaid by a bouquet of flowers and lime, ending with caramel in a long lingering finish.
In addition to cultivating coffee, Jairo and Luz Helena also grow other fruits like mandarin oranges on the farm.
Jairo Arcila is a third generation coffee grower in Quindío, Colombia. Married to Luz Helena Salazar they had two children together: Carlos and Felipe Arcila, the co-founders of Cofinet.