Washed Colombian coffees from the region of Huila have been cornerstone on our menu over the years for their clean, sweet character, and dripping tropical fruit notes. We might even venture to say that we would choose it as our Desert Island coffee region?? We've been so impressed with most everything we've tried and brought to you; it's coffee we could drink every day!
El Nevado del Huila is a coffee comprised primarily of lots from producers in and around Northern and Southern Huila, notably the towns of Santa Maria and Pitalito. This communal lot is carefully constructed, cupping every single small lot individually various times before being included within the main lot. In addition to cup quality, each coffee must meet strict physical requirements. The first time a lot is cupped is when the producer brings the sample to one of The Coffee Quest's buying stations. Upon approval, the producer will then bring the lot down to the warehouse where it will be cupped again, taking a sample from each sack to ensure consistency. Upon final approval, the parchment coffee is packed in grain-pro and remains untouched until the entire lot is milled.
Truly supporting farmers means not just cherry picking their best lots, but supporting them by buying all of their harvest, which will oftentimes vary in quality. El Nevado del Huila is an example of the hard work of producers whose lots represent a clean, sweet, and approachable cup. The producers who contributed to this lot primarily grow Caturra, Colombia, and Castillo, with farms sitting at a range of elevations between 1,600 and 1,900 meters.
El Nevado del Huila is the highest volcano in Colombia, sitting at nearly 5,500 meters above sea level! (Info and photos courtesy of The Coffee Quest)
We taste pineapple, panela, and granny smith apple!