Carrier Roasting Co.
Colombia Robert Pillimue
Whole bean coffee
We roast to order on Mondays and Wednesdays and ship the following day. Orders will be included in a roast if they’re received by 5pm Eastern Time the day before.
Farm Name: La Reforma
Producer: Edin Robert Pillimue Ivito
Altitude: 1750 meters
Variety: Castillo, Colombia, Tabi, Bourbon
Tasting notes: Caramel, tangerine, almond
Robert Pillimue's farm, Finca La Reforma, is located in Páez, Cauca, Colombia. It is almost visible from the nearest town of La Plata in the neighboring department of Huila, directly across the dramatic Cañon de Páez. We met Robert in La Plata late last year at a competition among coffee producers from western and central Huila. Out of 42 entrants in the Copa Occidente (Western Cup), Robert was the only one from Cauca. Despite being geographically very close, the rugged terrain of the canyon and the lack of direct connecting roads result in a two-hour drive to reach Robert's remote farm from La Plata.
We actually picked up this lot from Robert outside of the competition, before I knew I would meet him there. This is one of his larger blend lots, composed mostly of the typical Castillo and Colombia varieties, sprinkled with small amounts of Tabi and Bourbon. The cup is delicious, with a wonderful balance between juicy and sweet flavors of caramel, tangerine, and almond. In addition to releasing this as a Single Origin, we are also using it as a Chit Chat blend component. We expect to see much more coffee from Robert Pillimue in the future.
This is our first year buying from Robert Pillimue. Our friend Kyle Bellinger at Osito Coffee sent us the sample and fostered the introduction, in addition to providing export and import logistics. We scored this lot 86.5 points and purchased 22 70kg bags for $4.15/lb EXW, on a day when the Coffee Commodity price was $2.01/lb.