Sweet, fruited aromas and a fresh floral quality reminiscent of tulip introduce a dynamic cup offering flavors of cooked berries, orange, caramel, and tropical fruit. Look for a sweet guava paste note and subtle florals on the aftertaste as the coffee cools.
Mario Salazar Cabrera is the treasurer of the Divino Niño producer group and comes from a family that has been producing coffee in the region for decades. This spectacular lot from Mario’s farm, Finca El Sinai, was awarded 2nd 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.
Mario is a colorful and charismatic leader within his community. While his memorable coffee was the second place finisher in the Copa Suaceña, he was undeniably the first on the dance floor at the community celebration that followed the competition! His farm, Finca El Sinai, has been in his family for at least 30 years and he currently cultivates a wide range of coffee varieties including caturra, castillo, colombia, pink bourbon, and typica. While Don Mario maintained an air of mystery regarding the varieties that he chose to include in his competition lot, we would wager a guess that his pink bourbon and typica were prominent inclusions.