Rolando Piso

Rolando's coffee is an excellent expression of Huila. A great balance of fruit, pastry, and panel, with pleasant acidity and a long finish, it's evident why Rolando's coffee was worthy of a 3rd place finish in this past harvest's Copa Occidente competition.

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Rolando Piso


Producer     Rolando Piso

Farm             Las Peñas

Region         La Plata, Huila

Varieties       Caturra

Process         Washed, 24 hour in-cherry fermentation

Altitude         2000 masl

Importer     Osito


Rolando Piso

We spent October of 2021 working with Osito, one of our importing partners, to judge a regional producers competition: La Copa Occidente. Rolando's caturra placed 3rd. Rolando is a 2nd generation producer growing caturra and colombia on his nearly 2000 masl farm, Las Peñas, for 30 years.

Rolando is part of the Group Martir, a collection of 18 families in the municipality of La Plata sharing knowledge and collecting resources to improve the economic lot of its members.


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.


A natural mutation of Bourbon, originally discovered in Brazil in the early 20th century; Caturra derives its name from the Guarani word for “small,” a reference to its diminutive stature that results from a single-gene mutation causing dwarfism.

It was this small size- allowing for more trees to be planted closer together- that led to mass selections of Caturra being made by the Instituto Agronomico (IAC) of Sao Paulo State in Campinas in the 1930’s. Caturra then made its way to Guatemala during the 1940’s and then was widely adopted in the 1970’s by the rest of Central America, where it is now one of the most economically important varieties.

At high altitudes Caturra has strong quality and yield potential but unfortunately, is quite susceptible to disease.


Starts with 24 hours of in cherry fermentation followed by 24 hours of dry fermentation after pulping. The coffee is then dried on raised beds for 18 days.




Farmgate Pricing

10.56 USD per kg

FOB 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.

19.40 USD per kg

Lot Size

Total lot size 120kg. Subtext purchased 20kg.

Relationship Length

This is the fourth year that Osito has worked with Rolando and the first year that Subtext has purchased his coffee.


Subtext cupping score of 87