COLOMBIA - Finca Agualinda

COLOMBIA - Finca Agualinda

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Country:   Colombia

Varietal:   100% Bourbon

Process:  Honey 

Altitude:  1,850 above sea level

Region:    Santa Barbara estate, Antioquia

Flavours:  Blackcurrant, honey

Cafe Santa Barbara is renowned for producing and exporting some of Colombia's finest speciality coffee.  Foreseeing the enormous potential for the Colombian crop, the Echavarria family worked hard to ensure that their coffee was given the attention that it so rightly deserved.  The family succeeded beyond their contemporaries' imagination, opened new markets and became the largest Colombian coffee exporter of their time.

Aguaglinda's 100% Bourbon honeyed coffee is selectively hand harvested before being brought up to the highest point of the road, using cable cars.  Then, it is delivered to the family's mill.  After being floated and pulped, the beans are left to dry in their mucilage.  This allows a honey like syrup to form on the bean, which results in the most complex and delicious flavours that a bean can offer.

Santa Barbara estate employs around 60 people who all earn a very decent and fair wage.  Many of the staff receive free housing within the farm for themselves and their families.  The estate also runs an extensive scholarship and financial aid programme for worker's children as well as helping long-standing employees to acquire their own piece of land upon retirement.  

This is an exquisite coffee with audience of flavour, body and acidity.