From beginning to end, this elegant competition winning lot presents complex flavors with immaculate clarity and balance. Delicate florals, almond brittle, and green apple on the nose introduce vibrant flavors of toffee, cooked berries, and meyer lemon in the cup.
German Cordoba was one of the founding members of the Divino Niño producer group, serving as its first president, when it formed in 2004. This spectacular Tabi selection from Don German’s farm, La Morelia, was awarded 1st place at the inaugural Copa Suaceña: a regional cupping competition organized to highlight the very best coffees produced by individual members of two producer groups in southern Huila, Colombia that Passenger has been buying from for the past two years.
German was a familiar name to our team before the competition. Don German was the first president of the Divino Niño producer association when it originally formed in 2004 and Passenger previously bought a special selection of the Tabi variety that he produces on his farm Finca La Morelia. After the official results of the competition had been announced at a community gathering attended by all the producers, our sourcing team had the distinct pleasure of continuing the celebration with the whole Córdoba family (German and his wife have nine children and many grandchildren!) in their home at La Morelia.
While other varieties (including Caturra, Colombia, and Gesha) are cultivated on his farm, Don German chose to submit a single-variety selection of his Red and Yellow Tabi for the competition. This lot was dry fermented for approximately 30 hours following pulping before completing 30 days of drying on a parabolic bed. When asked what he planned to do following his Copa Suaceña success, German laughed and said: “I plan to plant more Tabi!”