Victor Barrera, Colombia

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PROFILE Sweet & Complex
TASTES LIKE Maple Syrup, Cherry, Mandarin
ROAST Medium Roast, Espresso Brewing


This is the second year we have purchased from Finca El Tesoro, and once again we have a coffee we are over the moon to drink and showcase Victor's coffee. The Tabi varietal was released by Cenicafé in 2002, who had created it in the effort to find tree that was resistant to leaf rust but maintained a high scoring cup profile. It was obtained by crossing the Timor hybrid, Typica, and Bourbon trees.

Finca El Tesoro’s ~4,500 Tabi trees are planted around 1,700 m.a.s.l. and spread spaciously across 3.5 hectares, not far from Huila’s southern border. With two kids in the military, his youngest daughter studying psychology in Pitalito and his eldest son cultivating pitaya, Victor Barrera tends to the farm with his wife and as many as 8 to 15 pickers depending on the harvest. After picking the cherries, Victor usually leaves them in tulas until the next day—to let the cherries further ripen —and then he sorts the cherries by density, floating them in water. For this Tabi lost, he de-pulped right away and fermented the beans in tanks for 40 hours. Later, selects the beans with a zaranda, before washing and putting the coffee out to dry for 25 days on raised beds.

After germinating seeds from a select few of his own trees that produce a unique pale red cherry, Victor planted 300 “pink” Tabi trees. He also recently completed building a “casa elba” with a system of retractable raised beds driven by wheels on tracks.



  • ORIGIN Finca El Tesoro, Palestina, Huila, Colombia
  • PRODUCER  Victor Barrera Medina
  • HISTORY 2nd  purchase
  • PROCESS Fully Washed
  • HARVEST Oct - Dec 20
  • ALTITUDE 1750 masl
  • LOT SIZE 760 kg
  • PARTNERS Azahar

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