Yaqueline Hernández Alban is a third-generation coffee producer from the department (or state) of Huila. With steadfast dedication and perseverance, Yaqueline strives each day to better the quality of her coffee in cup.
Her family bought finca Los Pinos approximately 20 years ago. Located on the border of the municipalities of La Argentina and La Plata, in the vereda or township of El Carmen, which sits between 1,750 and 1,850 m.a.s.l. Yaqueline works the land alongside her four sisters, brother and parents. Besides coffee, the family grows organic pitaya and granadillas, also known as sweet passionfruit. The fruiting trees are planted in such a way that they are protected from the elements by the coffee crop. At Los Pinos—”the Pines”—almost all the coffee growing is of the Caturra, Castillo and variedad Colombia varieties.
Yaqueline is active in regional agronomy and ecologically-focused organizations. She has been studying agriculture alongside her peers and has utilized her training and knowledge back on her family’s farm. One such sustainable system Yaqueline has implemented has been using homemade organic compost as well as her cattle’s manure to fertilizer her coffee trees.
Five years-ago she completed her studies at the SENA or National Learning Service and at the University of Ibagué, respectively. She chose to focus on how to better her coffee’s quality in cup in order to track changes across the harvests. With the help of her family she was able to build a small quality lab at Los Pinos and eventually get certified to cup. With her siblings Yaqueline led the creation of their own family-owned and run coffee company. Although each , member of the family cultivates their own lots, they sell and commercialize it as one entity.
This new micro lot is a Bourbon and hails from the youngest planting at Los Pinos. The cherry was fermented for 72 hours in barrels which permits the homogenization of the desired flavor profiles and the development of the aromatic notes of the coffee. This single-origin coffee has notes of aloe vera, cinnamon, cocoa, lemonade and rosehip tea.
It is our pleasure to present this high-quality coffee from finca Los Pinos. This micro lot represents generations of dedication and hard work by the Hernandez family, specifically Yaqueline. We couldn’t be happier to welcome to our third micro lot—and first of the year grown by a woman producer—all at once.