COLOMBIA • HAMITH BURBANO
Hamith has worked in coffee his whole life, starting on his family farm and then traveling to Hulia, Andes, and Bolivar to hone his expertise. At 25, he teamed up with his brother, Jenaro, to grow Caturra at their family’s Bueno Vista farm. While it was sadly decimated by roya, Hamith refused to quit. Now 30, he grows Pink Bourbon and San Bernando on just over 2 hectares. This is his first time exporting thanks to our partners at Semilla and the grower empowerment initiative Monkaaba!
Brendan Adams at Semilla explains the project: Monkaaba is led by Esnaider Ortega Gomez and select other growers who have worked for many years to sell their coffee as specialty. Many of them are associated loosely or directly with the Los Naranjos group and have in recent years begun to feel that they would like to develop more autonomy over the coffee production as well as involvement in its marketing and sale. Monkaaba’s goal is to assist other growers in the area to not only find a better market for their coffee, one that pays a solid price, but also to invest in the knowledge and skill of producers in a way that ensures their future success.
Pink Bourbon is a hybrid stemming from Red and Yellow Bourbon with a slight influence from Catimor varieties. I expect citric acidity, a big creamy mouthfeel, and floral aromatics from a Pink Bourbon, which Hamith’s coffee delivers with grapefruit sparkling bright over lavender notes. However, it is also surprising with a syrupy hit of bright pomegranate over melted sugar with honey and cream. The finish sparkles bright with a fizzy note of concord grape.
Pomeganate, White Nougat & Grape Soda.
Alto de Las Chinas, San Agustin, Huila.
Brendan at Semilla.
$12.35 USD per Kilogram.
(This is the price before transport costs including shipping, brokerage, etc.)
This is our first harvest from Harmith Burbabno.