ABOUT THIS COFFEE:
FACTS & FIGURES:
Processing: Fully Washed
Producer: Victor Barrera
Harvest: November 2016
Toasted fruit loaf with lime and tropical fruit acidity and a black tea aftertaste. A delicate, complex filter that makes a great iced coffee.
This is our second year working with Victor Barrera and his farm El Tezoro in the Huila region of Colombia. Huila is known for its distinctive, fruit driven coffees.
Victor is a huge fan of the relatively unknown Tabi variety that this lot is made up of. The word Tabi means ‘good’ in Gumbiano dialect, one of the indigenous languages of Colombia. It is a coffee leaf rust resistant variety developed by the national coffee federation of Colombia and tends to have a more refined cup profile than Castillo and Colombia, the federations other rust resistant varieties.
Tabi tends to have low yields though and so it can be hard to find. There are three types; red, yellow and pink tabi and Victor Barrera grows all three at his farm El Tezoro in Huila. He is such a fan that whenever farmer friends visit him he sends them away with Tabi seeds for their own farms.
El Tezoro has been in the Barrera family for over 40 years, Victor and his brother took over from their father fifteen years ago and run the farm using organic methods. Although not certi fied they farm without fertilizers and pesticides and focus on disease resistant varieties like Tabi. As well as coffee the Barrera’s raise livestock and grow fruits including avocado, tamarillos and strawberries.
Victor is seen as one of the pioneering and cutting edge producers in Huila and we hope next year that he will separate the three Tabi lots by colour for us to taste side by side by side!