A few months ago, we talked about Colombia’s coffee history. Be sure to check it out. We encourage you to read on about our latest Colombia offering from the Huila region. Did you know that coffee from this region represents 7.3% of the GDP?
Meet the Bean: Colombia Huila – Suaza Campo Hermosa
Tasting Notes: Sweet and tangy with toffee and tart cherry
About the Coffee:
The Regional Select Program was created to highlight the unique profiles Cafe Imports has found that are inherent to specific microregions within Colombia. The regions we are focusing on are Huila, Nariño, Cauca and Tolima. The primary difference between the Microlot Program and Regional Select is the preshipment cupping score. This program adds yet another tier to Cafe Imports’ buying structure in Colombia, designed to further reward quality. As the coffees are received at origin, they are separated based on quality and local areas.
Regional Select is a new project Cafe Imports created meant to highlight the unique profiles they’ve found inherent to specific microregions within Colombia. The regions that they are currently highlighting are Huila, Narino, Cauca and Tolima. Coffee production represents the majority of income for residents in the department of Huila. Huila’s production represents 16.30% of Colombia’s total coffee production. In last few years the production of specialty coffee has increased in Huila
Some statistics about Huila:
- Coffee represents the 7.3% Gross Domestic Product
- 301,000 people depend on coffee activities
- 103,200 direct jobs and 198,000 indirect jobs in the coffee sector
- 96% of the producers are smallholders with an average size farm of 1.5 hectares. The smallholders produce the 82% of the coffee production. The separations look like this:
- Regional Select: 86–87 pts
- Microlot Program: 87–89 pts
- 90 Points Program: 90+ pts
Cafe Imports think that the terroir or soil, sun weather, and placement on the planet contribute largely to the flavor of these coffees, when they are picked ripe and handled properly. These coffees are selected by cup and then blended, like a Rhone wine or a local honey that comes many fields in a 4-mile radius.
This coffee was sourced through Cafe Imports, along with the description of the coffee.