Carrier Roasting Co.
Colombia Gildardo Lopez Hoyos
Whole bean coffee
Farm name: Calamar
Producer: Gildardo Lopez Hoyos
Altitude: 1950 - 2000 masl
Variety: Pink Bourbon
Tasting notes: Meyer lemon, kiwi, jasmine
Gildardo Lopez Hoyos and his family grow exclusively Pink Bourbon at their farm Finca Calamar in Paicol, Huila, Colombia. We were first introduced to Gildardo and his coffee at the 2021 Copa de Occidente competition for coffee producers in Huila, Colombia. Gildardo and his two sons each produced their own lot for the competition to enter individually.
Though they were already well known locally for the quality of their coffee and were among the favorites to win, nobody expected that out of 42 participants they would run the table and take 2nd, 4th, and 6th place. The results are not only a testament to the quality of their coffee but to its consistency as well. As a member of the judging panel, we had an opportunity to taste these lots side by side with the rest of the field. They stood out in all three rounds of the competition, and our personal ranking would have placed them all in the top four.
Since then we have purchased several more lots from the Lopez family, and the consistently high quality never ceases to impress us. With this coffee we get sweet and fruited flavors of Meyer lemon and kiwi, with a hint of jasmine.
This is our second year buying from Gildardo Lopez Hoyos. We scored this lot 87 points and purchased 4 70kg bags for $5.85/lb EXW, on a day when the Coffee Commodity price was $2.16/lb.