Carrier Roasting Co.
Colombia José Martinez Pink Bourbon
Whole bean coffee
Farm Name: El Casino
Producer: José Martinez Guzman
Altitude: 1800 meters
Variety: Pink Bourbon
Tasting notes: Red grape, Meyer lemon, mango
José Martinez Guzman grew up on a coffee farm owned by his parents, and he learned everything about the trade from them. In his young adulthood he set out on his own, leaving the farm to work as a bus driver, traveling all over Colombia. Over a decade later he felt the pull to return to his roots and purchased his parents' farm, continuing and building upon the business and agronomic knowledge that had been passed down. José's curiosity never ceases, as each harvest he works to improve his processing techniques and quality standards, and carefully experiments with new varieties to achieve a better and better cup.
This lot is of the Pink Bourbon variety, a recently discovered cultivar thought to be a hybrid of Yellow and either Red or Orange Bourbon. It is prized for its unique profile, reminiscent of coffees from Ethiopia due to its fruit-forward, dynamic, and sometimes floral character. Producing a quality Pink Bourbon has its difficulties, particularly when it comes to picking. Most pickers are trained to identify ripeness in red and yellow varieties, and Pink Bourbon's unique pink-orange color can make it challenging for less experienced workers to pick at peak ripeness. José's combination of exceptional picking and processing standards are the secret sauce in this exquisite example of Pink Bourbon's potential.
The result is a juicy, sugary, and dynamic cup with flavors of red grape, Meyer lemon, and mango.
This is our first year buying from José Martinez Guzman. We scored this lot 87 points and purchased 10 35kg bags for $6.60/lb EXW, on a day when the Coffee Commodity price was $1.33/lb.