Producer: Edwin Enrique Noreña Farm: Finca Campo Hermoso Processing: Black Honey (carbonic maceration, co-fermented with mixed berries and passion fruit ) Varieties: Pink Bourbon Altitude: 1,800 MASL
Brew Ratios: For pourovers, try a 1:16.7 coffee-to-water ratio. Start with a 1:2.2 ratio for espresso.
More: We're back at it with our Select Reserves of coffee from this expert in coffee and fermentation. This is one of many coffees we cupped at Finca Campo Hermoso alongside Edwin Noreña and his team. This coffee stood out in a sea of ridiculously stellar coffees. The first thing you will notice about this coffee is the aromatics. It fills the room and it lingers for a long time. It smells pink, floral, and vibrant. The flavor notes we tasted were watermelon gose, anise, passion fruit, and passion flower.
It’s a unique flavor profile, and that flavor profile is emphasized by the unique processing method that Edwin Noreña employs. For this coffee, Noreña went with a black honey processing approach to this pink bourbon variety, which is grown in Huila, Colombia at 1,800 meters above sea level, and processed in Quindio at 1,600 MASL using Cervisiae dvsa yeast in the pink bourbon mosto along with mixed berries (predominantly blackberry) and passion fruit.
More detail on the processing method:
This Pink Bourbon variety coffee travels from Huila to Armenia in hermetic bags starting an initial 60-hour fermentation process. When it arrives to Finca Campo Hermoso, the mosto from that fermentation is collected and mixed with Cerevisiae DVSA yeast for 48 hours. While the mosto is resting and preparing to be reintroduced to the cherries, the cherries are de-pulped to a black honey level and left to macerate in low-oxygen tanks. Once the 48 hours are done, Noreña adds the prepared mosto along with a mixture of cut fruit (predominantly blackberry and passion fruit) to the tank for another 48 hours. In the last 24 hours dehydrated versions of the same fruits are added to the tank. The resulting coffee is then dried and prepared for export. The results are: watermelon gose, anise, passion fruit, passion flower.
Edwin Noreña is a consummate professional. He is 3rd generation coffee producer, a trained agronomist, a certified Q-grader, and a sought-after Cup of Excellence judge.
Quality and repeatability are key. He’s developing these processes based on research, science, and art to provide a jaw-dropping, defect-free cup. We hope you enjoy this one of a kind coffee with a special someone.