Colombia El Meson Pink Bourbon Washed
|Bag Weight||70 KG BAG|
About This Coffee
Luz Divia Fierro and her husband Elpidio grow coffee at their finca El Meson, located in the vereda of Berlin, in the municipality of Acevedo, Huila. Both Luz and Elpidio have nicknames by which they are known to their nearest and dearest; Luz goes by Sandy and Elpidio goes by Pillo. The couple inherited the farm from Pillo’s father Ángel, who is also a coffee producer, and farms in a neighboring vereda. Pillo and Sandy work together as a team but they sell their coffee under her name.
|Subregion||Acevedo, South Huila|
|Producer Type||Single Estate|
|Farm Name||Finca El Meson - Luz Divia Fierro and Elpidio Fierro|
|Coffee Grade||COL CA WA EXCO EP10|
|Screen Size||95% over screen 15|
|Bag Weight||70 KG BAG|
|Bag Types||Grain Pro / Ecotact|
The Huila region is well known for its coffee quality, but also for being the first historical department in Colombia to begin coffee production. Farmers in Huila are very quality-conscious. Their crops receive a lot of care and attention and they tend to be the most pioneering when it comes to embracing new processing and farming methods. The most relevant municipalities for coffee in Huila are: Pitalito, Garzón, Gigante, San Agustín, La Plata, Paicol, Acevedo, among others.
The Huilan landscape is dominated by volcanos and mountains, providing a rich terroir of high altitude and fertile soils and offering a wide range of ecosystems where coffee can be grown. There are producing farms ranging from 1500 m.a.s.l. up to 2.300 m.a.s.l., conferring great attributes to the cup profile such as bright acidity and characteristic sweet notes.
Originally from Acevedo, Pillo grew up on another one of his family’s coffee farms, learning everything he could from Don Ángel. Sandy is originally neighboring Pitalito. The couple moved onto the property where they now live and work a little over three years ago. They built a house and began working the land, planting 20,000 Pink Bourbon trees on pasture that had never been cultivated before, since El Meson used to be a cattle farm. Today, they grow the Pink Bourbon variety on eleven of El Meson’s 34 hectares. The original planting is producing well, and this microlot comes from those inaugural trees. Two years ago, they planted another 26,000 trees which will produce their first harvest this year. Besides coffee, Pillo and Sandy grow plantains, yucca and sugarcane, all of which they use to feed their workers and themselves. They also keep four cows for milk. They have two young daughters—Laura Camila is nine and Salomé is three—and they are expecting their third child, a boy they will name Ángel Martin, after his grandfather.
El Meson’s soil is mostly loam, with a few pockets of sand. There is an area of protected forest reserve on the property, as well as a waterfall. The coffee plantation starts at 1,650 m.a.s.l and ascends to approximately 1,700 m.a.s.l. The landscape is mostly hilly and steep, with parcels of flatter land. The family employs five workers to carry out non-harvest chores such as weeding and fertilizing, the latter of which they do three times a year with both chemical and organic fertilizers. During the harvest season they employ up to 15 pickers from the departments of Cauca and Tolima, as well as a few locals, to carry out the careful, hand-selection of the Pink Bourbon cherry. The itinerant pickers live at the finca during the harvest months.
Pillo, who is 36 years-old, and speaks with a kind, and very Huilense tone of voice, explained that it is very important to him and Sandy that their workers are paid well and feel comfortable during their time living on the farm. They pay the pickers per kilo harvested and they pay the off-season workers a daily wage. After the cherry comes in from the fields, Pillo carries out the post-collection processing, or beneficio, himself.
- Subregion Acevedo, South Huila
- Farm Name Finca El Meson - Luz Divia Fierro and Elpidio Fierro
- Producer Type Single Estate
- Processing Washed
- Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
- Plant Species Arabica
- Screen Size 95% over screen 15
- On Sale Yes
- Top Lot Yes
- Price Per Kg £11.25
- Status Spot
- Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10
- CTRM Contract Number P8001567-2
- Origin Colombia
- Warehouse Vollers Group Uk