Super Special Coffee

We don’t buy any coffees that we don’t really like. Specialty coffee is at a really special place as an industry and there are more great, unique coffees to choose from than perhaps ever before. But every now and again, we get our hands on something super rare, delicious, and special.

Our newest Super Special Coffee is unique for a particular reason: it is completely comprised of a rare varietal, called pink bourbon, a geisha-like natural hybrid. Moreover, we bought both the washed and natural-processed variations of this coffee from Ally Coffee, who imported it. 

Monteblanco Pink
Bourbon Washed

Origin
San Adolfo, Huila, Colombia

Producer
Rodrigo Sanchez

Variety
Pink Bourbon

Process
Washed

Elevation
1,730 meters above sea level

Tasting Notes
Champagne, green tea, agave

Monteblanco Pink
Bourbon Natural

Origin
San Adolfo, Huila, Colombia

Producer
Rodrigo Sanchez

Variety
Pink Bourbon

Process
Natural

Elevation
1,730 meters above sea level

Tasting Notes
Grape soda, plum, hibiscus

Super Special Coffee

Here’s more on the pink bourbon at Finca Monteblanco, as detailed by Ally Coffee, who imported this coffee:

Finca Monteblanco, located high along the winding mountain roads of Vereda La Toroca in the San Adolfo municipality above Pitalito, is a family farm managed by Rodrigo Sanchez Valencia in the tradition of coffee cultivation that began with his grandfather. Monteblanco’s 18 hectares sit on the crest of a hill, with the wet and dry mill at the top and slopes of coffee planted below.

In 2002, Rodrigo participated in a local program teaching local children of coffee producers to cup. Before that, he and his family had never considered coffee in terms of cup profile. By learning to differentiate profiles, he and his father and grandfather were able to able to make the connections between the farming techniques they applied and coffee’s attributes in the cup.

At this time, Rodrigo also began to learn about cupping competitions that evaluate the best lots from farms in a region. He noticed that farms would win one year and then never again, so he decided to investigate how to produce quality coffee consistently. This led him to explore the trees planted on Monteblanco, were he discovered various cultivars his grandfather had planted in the 1980s.

In addition to the varieties most common in Colombia, Rodrigo found there were trees he had not noticed before, trees with different characteristics, including broad leaves that looked like Geisha. In the cup, the coffee he harvested also tasted like those of Geisha. This was the beginning of Pink Bourbon lot separation. Rodrigo learned that his grandfather had bought those seedlings in San Adolfo during the early ’80s during roya leaf rust attack when he had to replace a portion of the farm’s trees.

In San Adolfo and Palestina, the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation ran an experimental farm in the ’50s and ’60s planted with 500 varieties, so Rodrigo and his grandfather think the trees probably originated from that farm. In 2014, Rodrigo planted three hectares of Monteblanco with Pink Bourbon and was delighted with its adaptability, productivity, and resistance to roya leaf rust. The cherries ripen to a rosy pink/orange color, giving name to this unique coffee cultivar.

Rodrigo Sanchez at Finca Monteblanco