Farm info

Finca La Loma is located in the neighborhood of Agua Negra in the Pitalito municipality of Huila. The farm has 12 hectares planted with many varieties, including Caturra, Variedad Colombia, Pink Bourbon, Pacamara, Laurina, and Geisha. The mill on the farm includes a depulper and tanks for dry fermentation. Producers Rodrigo Sanchez and Claudia Samboni have been cultivating coffee on La Loma since 2011.

In 2017, Rodrigo and his team at Aromas del Sur, the company built to unify all the farms he owns and manages: La Loma, El Progreso, and Monteblanco, constructed a cupping lab on La Loma to facilitate sample roasting, crop evaluation, and sourcing at origin. The lab overlooks the farm and the valley of Pitalito, with coffee trees and other crops dotting the rolling landscape.

This lot of Caturra/Colombia is a blend of the two varieties planted most extensively on the farm, harvested between 22-25 degrees Brix. The cherries were depulped immediately after harvest and left to dry ferment for 34 hours before being fully washed with clean water and placed in the parabolic dryer for 21 days.

Read more about Rodrigo’s work at Monteblanco to develop Cold Fermentation processing and the Pink Bourbon variety.

Region

Huila

The Colombian Department of Huila is located in the southern portion of the country where the Central and Eastern ranges of the Andes mountains converge. Huila’s capitol city of Neiva is dry, flat, and desert-like, markedly different from the coffee regions further south.

Centered around the city of Pitalito, Huila’s coffee farms are predominately smallholder owned and over the past ten years have made consorted efforts to produce specialty coffee that reveals the full character of the region’s terroir. Selective manual harvesting, attentive processing, and careful post-harvest sorting all contribute to increasing recognition of the region.

Huila’s Departmental coffee committee, the local connection to the national Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, has invested notable resources into training producers in everything from fertilization to roasting. This, combined with producer enthusiasm, has created a regional culture of quality-focused production.

Huila holds important historic significance dating back to pre-Columbian cultures. The archeological site at San Augustin includes a large number of stone carvings, figures, and artifacts that offer a rare glimpse into the land’s past prior to colonialism.