PINK BOURBON - LA ESPERANZA - COLOMBIA
Region: Timanco, San Augstin, Huila
Variety: Pink Bourbon
Altitude: 1650 m
Cup: Passion fruit, Prunes, Red apple
Faiber Bolanos owns the 1.5-hectare farm La Esperanza, and manages a 2.5-hectare farm for his mother as well. He has been farming since 1998 and is a member of the small but mighty grower's cooperative called Asocoación Los Naranjos, which he joined in 2012. The group consists of about 50 smallholder farmers in and around the area of San Agustîn, Huila. Faiber is a third-generation producer and grows Pink Bourbon, Gesha, and Caturra coffee varieties.
The coffee on La Esperanza is picked and combined over the course of two days, and the lot of cherries is depulped the second day. It is then fermented for 24–72 hours, depending on the weather, before being washed clean and dried for 15–30 days in a solar dryer.
Faiber works as a coffee buying liaison for Los Naranjos, which has allowed him to improve his skills as both a coffee roaster and a coffee cupper.