Monteblanco Purple Caturra Natural is one of the many unique combinations of special varieties and special processes that define Finca Monteblanco’s approach to sustainable specialty coffee production.
Finca Monteblanco, located high along the winding mountain roads of Vereda La Tocora in the San Adolfo municipality above Pitalito, is a family farm managed by Rodrigo Sanchez Valencia in the tradition of coffee cultivation that began with his grandfather. Monteblanco’s 18 hectares sit on the crest of a hill, with the wetmill and drying facilities at the top and slopes of coffee planted below.
In 2002, Rodrigo participated in a local program teaching children of coffee producers to cup. Before that, he and his family had never considered coffee in terms of cup profile. By learning to differentiate profiles, he, his father, and grandfather were able to make the connections between the farming techniques they applied and coffee’s attributes in the cup.
At this time, Rodrigo also began to learn about cupping competitions that evaluate the best lots from farms in a region. He noticed that farms would win one year and then never again, so he decided to investigate how to produce quality coffee consistently. This led him to explore the trees planted on Monteblanco, were he discovered various varieties his grandfather had planted in the 1980’s.
Harvesting and processing on Monteblanco have had to evolve with the times, adapting to a changing climate that yields harvest dispersed through ten months of the year rather than in a concentrated peak. Coffees from Monteblanco are milled and prepared for export at the new, state of the art Aromas del Sur drymill in Pitalito.
We love the inherent sweetness in this cup, a characteristic we admire about coffees from Colombia, but with a bit more fruit emphasis.
We taste: strawberry, white grape, mandarin orange, juicy.
- Farm: Finca Monteblanco
- Producer: Rodrigo Sanchez Valencia
- Region: Huila
- Process: Natural
- Variety: Purple Caturra
- Elevation: 1730 MASL