The Nudo de Almaguer mountain range is a part of the greater Colombian Andes, and is famous for its supply of drinking water and high elevation lakes. At the edge of the range and the border between Huila and Cauca, the Andes split into two fingers, at the base which is Huila's Palestina municipality. Unlike the majority of Colombia which harvests coffee nearly year around, in the microclimates created by the surrounding mountains, Southern Huila's harvest typically lasts from May to July and produce dense coffee with complex acidity.
Palestina's malic and citric acidity is bright and forward, bringing to mind the sharpness of cranberries and the sweetness of red apples. Bracing the high notes are low notes of caramelized sugar and marshmallow, tobacco, and spice.
A great coffee for warm afternoons and cool, foggy mornings alike. Best prepared with a filter.
Community: El Libano
Producers: Alirio Aguilera, Gerardo Oino Ultengo, Doralba Fernandez Garcia
Altitude: 1,745 masl
Varietal: Caturra, Colombia, Castillo
Fermentation: 36 hours
Drying: Raised beds