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Colombia Huila Moises Chaguala Natural-Hidrahoney

Origin Colombia /

Altitude 1750 masl /

Crop Year 2019 /

Varietal Pink Bourbon and Caturro Rayado  /

Product Code 6870

About Colombia Huila Moises Chaguala Natural-Hidrahoney

Moises Chaguala lives at his farm El Recuerdo with his wife and 2 sons, all of which work on the farm which is about 6 hectairs. Grown in the Huila region which is one of the most well-known coffee growing areas of Colombia. The Department of Huila is situated for the most part in the Colombian Massif, harboring Colombia’s second highest peak, the Nevado Del Huila Volcano. Indeed, the volcanic soil is hard to avoid in these parts of the Andes, which makes it fertile ground in which to grow coffee. Also contributing to the fertile soil is the Magdalena River, Colombia’s largest stream. Due to the weather, coffee production and harvest occurs for the most of the year, allowing imports of fresh coffee almost constantly. Ironically, the ideal growing conditions in the region, the high rainfall and humidity, makes it hard to dry and process coffee.

The Natural-Hidrahoney is a unique process in which they ferment cherries (without depulping) under water for 60 hours, they then drain the excess water from the coffee and depulp as honey. They are dried in marquesinas – solar dryers on raised beds.

We have sourced this coffee from Café Andaqui which is an exporter mostly working in the Acevedo area of Huila. It was founded by Francy Alarcon in 2013 after she identified the area’s potential for specialty production due to the area’s microclimate and most importantly the willingness of producers to work towards specialty production. Francy has built a  “Next Generation” project which gives opportunities to next generation producers who are thinking about leaving the farms and at risk youth  whose families have been in the coffee industry to enter/or keep working with specialty coffee and going further than just producing coffee.

About Colombia

Colombia is one of the biggest coffee producing countries in the world, along with Brazil, Vietnam and Indonesia. Coffee was introduced to Colombia in the early 1800s. The Colombian Coffee Federation has done a commendable job in promoting the specialty coffees of Colombia. Colombian coffee beans are rich in flavour, heavy bodied, has a bright acidity, and is intensely aromatic.

Colombia have wonderful climate which allows it to produce great coffee all year around. Due to volcanic mountains the climate in Colombia is stable.