Carrier Roasting Co.

Colombia José Martinez Pink Bourbon


Whole bean coffee

We roast to order on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and ship the following day. Orders will be included in a roast if they’re received by 11:59pm Eastern Time the day before.


Origin: Colombia

Region: Huila

Locality: Palestina

Farm Name: El Casino

Producer: José Martinez Guzman

Altitude: 1800 meters

Process: Washed

Variety: Pink Bourbon

Tasting notes: Red grape, lime, tangerine

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, lime, and tangerine.


This is our second year buying from José Martinez Guzman. We scored this lot 87.5 points and purchased 6 35kg vacuum-sealed boxes for $7.50/lb EXW, on a day when the Coffee Commodity price was $1.32/lb.

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