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Colombia - San Agustin - Huila
Farm: Asociacion Los Naranjos (50-60 smallholder producers)
Region: San Agustin, Huila, Colombia
Process: Fully washed and dried in the sun
Altitude: 1400 - 2000 Meters
Roast Level: Medium
Average Farm Size: ~6 acres
This Colombia boasts some strong toasted sugar, molasses and roasted pecan notes on first taste. It is complex with notes of mellow pear and green grapes while also having hints of mild citrus fruit flavors. Upon cool-down the citrus notes become more forward and the finish is more clean.
Asociación Los Naranjos is a group of 50–60 smallholder producers who live and work in the area around San Agustín, Huila. The group is a major contributors to the long term observational water study which is very crucial to Colombian washed coffees. COE Winner Arnulfo Legiuzamo is also a member of this Asociación.
Colombia is best-known for its Washed coffees. While the processing details might vary slightly from farm to farm or by association, generally the coffee is picked ripe and de-pulped the same day, then given an open-air fermentation in tanks or buckets for anywhere between 12–36 hours. The coffee is washed clean of its mucilage before being dried either on patios, in parabolic dryers, solar driers, or mechanically. Some Washed coffees in Colombia are mechanically demucilaged.
Located in southwestern Colombia, Huila is nestled in-between the Central and Eastern ranges of the Andes, with the middle area called the Magdalena Valley. The variation in elevation results in Huila being one of the country's most unique and complex regions of coffee production. Its terroir, climate, and harvest cycles all contribute to the quality of coffee produced here. The most impressive quality behind the coffees coming out of Huila lies in the people producing them. While Huila accounts for nearly 20% of the country's production, 80% of coffee producers operate on less than three hectares.