Huila is currently the largest producer of coffee in Colombia, with an unconventional beginning. Abundant labor from the area traveled to traditional coffee producing provinces to work as pickers. When they returned home they not only brought money, but also coffee beans and knowledge.
Huila, now a well established coffee growing area is nestled along the eastern borders of the Cauca and Tolima regions. In the World Atlas of Coffee, James Hoffman writes that Huila has “a combination of great soil and great geography for growing coffee, and some of the most complex, fruit-driven Colombian coffees I have tasted have come from here.”
Altitude: 5450 to 5900 feet above sea level
Varietals: Caturra and Castillo
Cupping Notes: Flavors of Brown Sugar, Caramel, Cherry and Orange drops. Very aromatic with sugar cane sweetness, a well balanced round body and bright acidity.
Roast Level: City/ Medium