Sweet wild strawberry, mandarin and lemon verbena. Like taking a mouthful of pink, orange and yellow starburst.
Our second rare variety with a special process from Pitalito Colombia and this pink beauty comes from Jose Cuellars small farm El Paraiso. Pitalito is part of the well known Huila region and is where Pink Bourbon was discovered. It’s a coffee variety unique to Colombia and is a hybrid of yellow and red Bourbon. It’s very rare and is known to be quite resistant to rust but it and it’s and orange cousin are very difficult to produce with consistency. The recessive genes leading to the expression of these colours are easily thwarted by the presence of yellow and red genes in a given pollen grain. A carefully isolated and contained lot can do quite well and preserve the unique colour and character of this variety, though this is quite hard to find.
These cherries are picked when they are fully ripe and exhibit a shiny pink hue. Then they are placed in a sealed bag for 30 to 35 hours without oxygen depending on the climate (it should stay cold for the micro organisms to work slowly). They are then depulped and again put in a sealed bag for another 30 to 35 hours without oxygen. Finally they are dried on raised beds in the shade for 8 days and an additional 5 days in the sun.
This coffee came to the Crankhouse offer list in an unusual way. A few weeks back whilst getting ready to start the days roasting I heard a car pull up. Three people got out and and came into the roastery. I was about to give my normal "I'm sorry I'm busy, would you come back another time" but was interrupted by sparkling eyes and smiles and the words "we're coffee roasters from Colombia" ! Not your regular visitors. They have a coffee business called Cafe Velvet split between Medellin in Colombia and Brussels with roastery cafes in each. Their son is at Exeter University and a Crankhouse fan and when they saw the sign on the road they drove up to say hi and offered me a gift. A beautifully packaged Pink Bourbon from El Paraiso from one of the farmers they buy directly from. Ilse went and made a brew whilst Philip and I talked roast curves and philosophies. The coffee was amazing and their visit energizing. I felt I'd just met some special people I'd like to stay connected with. Within a week I'd bought their last sack of the Pink Bourbon and it was being sent over from their Brussels roastery to me.
Jose is another speciality coffee farmer who recognises the value of being connecting in the modern world and has his own instagram account. I asked him to provide me with a few pictures of the pink bourbon from the recent harvest and he kindly sent me this selection.