Farm: Campo Hermoso
Producer: Edwin Noreña
Elevation: 1550 masi
Drying Process: Washed, Lactic Fermentation with Bacteria
Cupping Notes: Immensely exotic and tropical flavor with notes of pink lemonade, tropical fruit juice, pine, toasted coconut flakes, and cocoa nibs.
Cupping Score: 91.5
Quindío is a department of Colombia in the western central region of the country, crossed by the Andes mountains. The Campo Hermosa farm shows a portfolio of three generations of coffee growers, full of hard work and commitment. Combining the generational knowledge learned from his father and grandfather, a university background in agronomy, and a Coffee Quality Institute Q-Grader Certification to boot, Edwin Noreña has tapped into a new processing style using multiple varieties such as Geisha that will be making waves for years to come.
It's so much fun to talk about Campo Hermoso (translate: beautiful field) farm again as they bring us this remarkable Pink Bourbon "Golden Washed" process coffee, handled by legendary Edwin Noreña and his farming and processing practices. This is truly an exceptional example of how much the methods of post-harvest processing can enhance the flavor profile in the brewed cup.
This coffee processing journey consists of two fermentation processes - Fermentation starts with low-oxygen, in-cherry fermentation where cherry juice run-offs (called mosto) is collected. Due to pink bourbon parchment color, the mosto has a specific golden yellow color, for which Edwin gave this experimental process the name "Golden Washed."
During the second stage of fermentation, the captured golden juice is filtered, combined with lactic bacteria, and reintroduced into the de-pulped coffee beans, initiating the 5 day-long controlled anaerobic fermentation process. During this stage, lactic bacteria eats the sugar of the coffee cherry and creates NADH, which stores as an energy source in the seed, allowing a faster roast that can take the heat. This directly results in intense floral and juicy citrus notes in the brewed cup making it a one-of-a-kind of coffee to grind and drink.
Pink Bourbon considers as a rare varietal as it's a natural hybrid between Red Bourbon and Yellow Bourbon, pink bourbon is harder to grow but its ripe cherries are known for a substantial amount of glucose development that results in more sweet, juicy, and expressive cups of coffee.