Continent: South America
Farm: Hacienda El Roble
Region: Santander, Colombia
Peach, Strawberry milk, Mango, Milk Tea, Flowers. Intense and incomparable in its flavors.
Hacienda El Roble is a very large, 300 hectare farm owned by Oswaldo Acevedo in Santander, Colombia. First founded in 1872, this farm is situated at 1650masl. The farm employs 120 permanent workers which include scientists, agronomists, and managers, as well as over 500 seasonal workers for the harvest. 60,000 shade trees are planted on the farm, and 40,000+ coffee trees.
They maintain a large collection of coffee varieties on the farm collected from the Colombian coffee research organization: CENICAFE.
Over the past 20-40 years they have received many varieties to trial. Some are well labeled, other plants their identity is more mysterious. HR-61 is one of these plants. It looks similar to the Geisha/Gesha variety, but Its actual identity is unknown. It is certainly an Ethiopian landrace variety. Once these trees started producing fruit it became clear this variety is something very special. It consistently is their top cupping variety at the farm, cupping better than famed varieties such as Geisha/Gesha, Wush Wush, and Mokka. At one time it was the 3rd most expensive coffee in the world. selling at auction as green coffee for $151/lb!
Now their flagship variety, production is still very limited, and it is currently only being grown by Hacienda El Roble. They process it as a Natural (whole cherries dried intact). Flavor profile is similar to the best auction-lot natural geishas from Panama and other countries. Very vibrant and sweet. Complex with notes of lavender and rose, Limoncello, Grapes, and honey.