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Finca Tamana Espresso 158,-

Tim's Notes

This lot is from the December 2017 harvest which is the "mitaca" harvest from the farm. The mitaca harvest is much smaller than the main harvest which is normally from April until the end of July. Typically Elias will harvest around 200- 300 bags (70kg) of high quality green coffee during the main harvest whereas during the mitaca he only produces about 40 - 80 bags. Although the harvest is small, it has shown to have good quality in the cup and the December 2017 picking was no exception. You can expect this coffee to have slightly more intensity and a fruitier flavour than previous harvests.



Flavour notes

Brown sugar, citrus & red currants


Elias Roa


December 2017


El Pital, Huila, Colombia

Roast profile

Espresso roast

Growing conditions

1650 - 1750 masl. In full sun.


Caturra & Variedad Colombia


The coffee is selectively hand picked by hired pickers under supervision of Elias. Cherries are hand sorted before they are processed to make sure only ripe cherries are processed together. After depulping the parchment coffee is rinsed in clean water. Then the water is drained and the parchment is fermented for 14 to 16 hours. After fermentation the coffee is washed in clean water that is changed 4 times. All floaters are removed during the washing. The Parchment is soaked for 24 hours in clean water before it is dried in parabolic dryers under shade from 25 - 35 days.


More info

We started working with Elias early 2012 and did our first harvest together in May – July 2012. Since then we have been working hard, every harvest, in order to improve the infrastructure at the farm and of course improving the farming and processing practices. For each harvest the coffee quality has improved and become more consistent giving a very clean and sweet taste in the cup. This is our biggest project with a single farmer so far and if you want to learn more, we have published a book about all the changes and progress we have made with Elias and his farm. Here is a short summary of the things we have changed on the farm so far: 1. Improved the picking and implemented sorting of all cof- fee cherries before it is delivered and processed. The pickers are paid a lot more in order to do a more selective picking. We have also built sorting tables so that the pickers don’t have to sit on the ground while sorting the cherries before they are delivered for processing. 2. Improved and cleaned up the wet process in order to make sure the product is clean. 3. Improved the drying process by drying the coffee in shade for 30 - 40 days instead of the normal 6 days. This helps keep the coffee fresh for a lot longer. 4. Improved logistics and storage by storing the coffee in cooler climates. 5. Improved the milling of the coffee. We are now separating the different screen sizes within a lot in order to make a more uniform roast of the coffee. 6. Separated all daily pickings and varieties. A daily picking is now only of one variety and is processed, dried and kept separate in storage. We cup through all daily pickings and build lots based on cupping score, harvest date and cultivar.