Bourbon is perhaps the most famous coffee cultivar, having been imported from Yemen to Bourbon Island (now called La Réunion, located east of Madagascar) and eventually landing in the Americas in the mid 1800s. It's revered for it's consistent quality and has fathered other famous varieties including caturra and catuai. Bourbon has several genetic offshoots characterized by the color of the ripe coffee cherries with red being the most well known.
Pink Bourbon is fairly exclusive to Colombian producers and is a genetic hybrid of red and yellow bourbon. As the name suggests, the cherries bear a striking pink color when ripe. Appropriately, the coffee definitely has a floral undertone throughout which compliments the more forward flavors of the cup including cherry, guava, lime and caramel. Furthermore, it's very well balanced with a rich, full body and an exceptionally clean finish. This coffee is a stunning example of why Bourbon is the grandfather of so many coffee varietals!
Arrival Date: February 11th, 2022
Acidity & Brightness: Delightfully crisp, moderately sweet
Balance & Finish: Balanced with an exceptionally clean finish
Body & Texture: Full bodied with a creamy texture
Flavors: Cherry, guava, lime, caramel with floral undertone
Grade: Excelso, Grown at 1600-1800 masl
Processing: Fully Washed, sun dried on raised beds under solar dryers
Grower: 14 producers, Terra Coffee SAS
Region: Palestina, Huila
Varieties: Pink Bourbon
Roasting: We like this coffee best at a medium roast (Full City), though you'll get even more of the subtle floral notes notes at a light-medium (City+). This coffee can handle going darker into Full City+ but you'll lose some subtle floral flavors and pick up some roasty, bittersweet chocolate notes.
Via Royal Coffee: "This traceable community offering with a vibrant regional profile comes from 14 producers with small farms in the municipality of Palestina within the department of Huila. Each producer has their own micro-mill where they carefully harvest cherries, depulp, ferment, wash and gently dry the parchment on raised beds. Imagine the harmony between these producers in farm management and post-harvest practices to achieve a clean and consistent blend. But also, just enough differences from farm to farm to create a rich complexity of flavors."