Cup Characteristics: Blackberry, marshmallow, milk chocolate, medium acidity, creamy body
Producer: Macizo Del Guarapas Association
Region: Palestina, Huila
Variety: Caturra, Colombia
Process: Fully Washed
Altitude: 1,600 – 1,900 meters
A massif (macizo) is a mountainous structure formed by tectonic plate movement. The extraordinary Macizo Colombiano, or Colombian Massif, forms a portion of the Andes mountain range in south-central Colombia, covering the departments of Cauca, Huila and Nariño. It contains 362 bodies of water; is the source of some of the country’s largest rivers, including the Magdalena and Guarapas; and is the source of approximately 70 percent of Colombia’s potable water.
In southern Huila, about 40 minutes southeast of the town of Pitalito, producers in the municipality of Palestina formed an association that, in honor of the mountain range and river, they named Macizo del Guarapas.
Today, the association consists of 92 farms that are generally between 3 and 5 hectares. Crop density is low in the area, and most farms have fewer than 4,000 trees per hectare. The farms range in altitude from 1,600 to 1,900 meters above sea level and mostly grow Caturra and Colombia, though several grow higher-end varieties including Geisha, Pink Bourbon and Tabi. All of them have extensive shade from local trees like walnut and guayacan.
12oz. – Whole Bean