Pink Bourbons are relatively rare because the gene that controls the color in the ripe cherry is doubly recessive. That means if there are any red, orange or yellow bourbon plants nearby and they cross pollinate, the pink color of the cherry will be lost, as will the the pink bourbon characteristics. Pink bourbons are known for being very smooth and creamy and this one doesn’t disappoint. A strawberry aroma and flavor is one of the first things I noticed. But it’s the smooth, creamy and balanced body that really make this bean special.
This single estate, single varietal Pink Bourbon microlot is from Gabriel Castaño. His farm, Finca La Granada, is situated in La Esmeralda in the Colombian department Huila. This microlot is of the Pink Bourbon variety and was carefully hand-selected for ripeness by local pickers. This coffee was treated to a prolonged fermentation. The cherries were weighed and kept intact for 96 hours, after which they were fermented for another 96 hours in tanks. The beans were then washed and put out to dry on parabolic dryers for 15 to 20 days.
Don Gabriel Castaño is a short and quiet man with a full, jet-black mustache, kind eyes, and is quick to return a shy smile when prompted. The family’s two-hectare finca, La Granada, located in the department of Huila, in the southern municipality of Acevedo, is where Gabriel Sr. started everything anew. There he planted the Pink Bourbon variety that was not very well known at the time, and crafted it to produce a truly exquisite cup of coffee. Although Gabriel is getting on in age and due to his health, can no longer drink coffee, he says he wouldn’t trade lives with anyone. He has 8,000 trees sown, and has become known throughout his municipality for introducing Pink Bourbon to his fellow producers.