We are so excited to have Alirio's Pink Bourbon back on the menu after missing it last season. Our amazing importing partner Shared Source was able to have Alirio's coffee separated for us this year. In the cup we get marigold, ripe mandarin orange and vibrant kiwi.

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Alirio Ortega

Specs

Producer     Alirio Ortega

Farm             El Placer

Region         Bruselas, Huila

Varieties     Pink Bourbon

Process       Washed

Altitude       1650 masl

Importer     Shared Source

Story

Alirio Ortega

Two years ago, back in 2021, Alirio's Pink Bourbon was one of our favourite coffees of the year. In 2022, we were a bit sad to hear that it ended up being blended into a community lot. This happens sometimes though! Coffee quality differs from year to year. When talking with our importing partner Shared Source, we expressed our enthusiasm for Alirio's work our continued interest in bringing in his coffee. The amazing team at Shared Source was able to separate Alirio's coffee for us and we purchased the whole small lot, and were we ever happy we did as it certainly does not dissapoint!

Alirio, together with his wife Anayibe, and neighbouring local farmers near Bruselas, Huila make up Los Guacharos. As a collective, Los Guacharos are working to move away from the use of synthetic chemical inputs on their farms and towards a more sustainable, biodynamic form of agriculture. Alirio has put a lot of effort and focus into specializing in adventurous varieties at his farm El Placer. These include Pink Bourbon, Bourbon Aji, Chirroso and Sidra. This particular lot of Pink Bourbon is one of the first from his recent plantings. Alirio and Anayibe have also intentionally left a part of their farm as a protected bio-reserve.

Huila

Of the many growing regions in Colombia, the mountainous department of Huila in the south west of the country grows the most coffee. Huila enjoys a wide diversity of micro-climates, temperatures, altitudes and coffee varieties. In fact, coffee is grown in 35 of Huila's 37 municipalities. All of this means that the coffee coming out of this region is as diverse as the variables that influence its production.

Pink Bourbon

Thought to be a natural hybrid of Red and Yellow Bourbon, this variety, famed for its characteristically pink ripened cherries and equally unique flavour characteristics, has become highly sought-after and more frequently cultivated as of late. On our trips to Colombia we've seen the variety proliferate across Colombia, particularly in Huila where it has become extremely popular amongst specialty focused coffee producers. Successful cultivation of this variety is difficult and requires careful isolation in order to maintain its distinctive colour and bright, fruity and floral profile.

Washed

Alirio picks cherries as ripe as can be, and does an initial float in water to remove the over- and under-ripe cherries. From there, he leaves the cherries to start the initial fermentation process in a plastic bag for 36-40 hours, depending on the weather he’s careful to keep the bags with cherries especially cool during this initial fermentation period. From there, he de-pulps the coffee, and then ferments it for an additional 36-40 hours before washing it. To identify the best time to de-pulp the coffee, he takes some and places it in water to see if the mucilage of the sample washes off easily- he also says that he tastes it to see if the coffee has a prickly, bright taste to it. From there, his coffee is sun-dried for around 15 days, and then dried under shade cloth for 10 more days. Parchment coffee is stored in Grain Pro bags at home to ensure that humidity is stable at around 11%.

Transparency

Importer

Shared Source - Shared Source exports from Colombia and Guatemala and imports into the US. They are farmgate purchasers,
paying in-full directly to producers or their independent associations, upon delivery of parchment, in local currency.

Farmgate Pricing

What's this?

FOB: "Freight on board," usually the price paid to the coffee exporter for coffee ready to ship. This includes price paid to the producer as well as milling, warehousing and transportation costs plus any intermediaries' fees and export costs.

Farmgate: the price paid by the exporter or other buyer to the producer or producer organization.

3,400,000 COP per carga (125kg in parchment) - approx 2.57 USD per lb

Lot Size

Total lot size of 354kg in parchment, we purchased the full lot upon milling (280kg).

Relationship Length

This is the seventh year that Shared Source has worked with Alirio and the second year that Subtext has purchased Alirio's coffee.

Quality

Subtext cupping score of 86.5