Orange and plum marmalade with a hint of vanilla in the finish.
Monteblanco is located near San Adolfo, Acevedo in the Huila department and it's name comes from its situation, perched on the very top of a mountain, often surrounded by white clouds. Monteblanco estate is owned by Rodrigo Sanchez, the 4th generation in this family producing coffee in the same land. Rodrigo wanted to take Finca Monteblanco production to another level, and in 2002 after being selected as part of a quality assurance program of Palestina Huila, he decided to change a section of the farm to unusual varietals. With the help of his wife Claudia Milena they planted Pink Bourbon, Geisha, Purple Caturra, and this Bourbon Tekisic, otherwise known as ‘improved’ Bourbon.
Rodrigo is always investing in new equipment and new varietals, and this passion for continuous improvement in quality has lead him to partner with complimentary experts covering experimental and varietal specific processing, and a champion coffee cupper Wbeimar Lasso. Rodrigo says of Wbeimar “He has been a crucial influence in my career, because he guides me, and he has helped me to find the true potential of my coffee”.
In 2017 one of the coffees from Monteblanco was selected as a finalist in the Huila Cup of Excellence. Rodrigo is always obtaining above average scores and prices for his exceptional coffees.
Coffee in Colombia
Colombia is bisected by the Andes Mountains, which split into three parallel cordilleras (mountain ranges) as they run south to north. Coffee grows throughout these mountains from north to south, with the addition of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, an isolated mountain range in the north of the country where a number of indigenous tribes produce organic- and Fair Trade–certified coffees. The three mountain ranges produce diverse microclimates.
The majority of Colombian coffee territory has two harvests: principal and the mitaca ("fly crop"), which is typically smaller. In the north, principal harvest is in November with the mitaca in May–June. The South has the opposite of that; principal harvest in May–June and mitaca in November, scattered across the country in some of the most biologically diverse landscapes in the world.
Colombian coffees differ in flavour from region to region because of the unique microclimates and processing styles. Farmers will pick and process coffee during the week and drive it in to town on Saturday to sell. For many years, Colombia was the number-one world producer of washed coffees, and the second-largest producer to Brazil. In 2000, Colombia was surpassed by Vietnam, and then the rust infestation of 2008 set them back significantly. Today they are currently in the top five of coffee production with roughly 10 million bags per year. Colombians farmers and citizens alike drink a lot of coffee every day; nearly 20% of their annual production. Colombia has over 600,000 farms, most of them farmed by small landholders with less than 5 acres nestled in the hills at roughly 1,200 to 2,000 meters above sea level.