This blend brings together four varieties: Castillo, Colombia, Caturra and Tabi, and it was produced by families from the municipalities of Pitalito, Palestina and Acevedo, which are located in the southern part of the department of Huila, between 1,600 and 1,900 m.a.s.l.
This coffee arrived at Azahar by way of the Pitalito section of the oldest cooperative in the department, Cadefihuila. Cadefihuila shares in our vision of protecting every link in the long chain of production of coffee by paying a fair price to the producers, as well as by assuring those who have the pleasure of trying the coffee of its superior quality.
The Valley of the Laboyos is found within the municipality of Pitalito. It is part of the Colombian Massif as well as the Andean Volcanic Belt. It was declared a biosphere reserve in 1972 by UNESCO. Southeast of Pitalito, sits the municipality of Palestina. Palestina has two kinds of climates: cold and temperate. It is considered the “fabrica de agua y bosque de Huila”—“the water and forest factory of Huila”—due to the various protected micro-basins found within its watershed, its rich biodiversity and most of all, for its inhabitants’ commitment to conserving this environment and its natural resources. Traveling northeast from Palestina we arrive at the municipality of Acevedo. Here we find the Parque Nacional Natural Cueva los Guácharos, the oldest national park in Colombia, named after the Guácharo, or Oilbird, the only nocturnal, flying, fruit-eating bird in the world.
The rich biodiversity of the south of Huila is as outstanding as the exceptional coffees being produced in this department. Coffee from Huila is characterized by its balanced cup, with a pleasing acidity, medium body, intense fragrance and sweet, fruity, caramelized profiles. We are confident that a cup of coffee from the southern part of Huila is testimony enough of its great reputation worldwide.