Release #32: Marlenis Imbachi Winter Harvest 2018

    Located roughly 56 miles west of Divino Niño, the small hamlet in southern  Huila that has been the primary focus of Passenger’s Colombian purchasing for the past 5 years, San Agustín is a charming town with excellent coffees. This 2018 archival selection from producer Marlenis Imbachi is a beautiful example of pink bourbon from the region, a profile that we hope to offer more of in the near future. Since our first tiny 50 lb. microlot release of Marlenis' pink bourbon in 2017, the variety has become ubiquitous in Colombia, and a perennial favorite among variety separations from our foundational partnership in Divino Niño as well.

    Both as a beautiful representation of pink bourbon from San Augustín, and as a nostalgic throwback to Passenger's first introduction to the pink bourbon variety, we're delighted to release the last of this lot from Marlenis Imbachi's winter 2018 harvest from our frozen archive.

    Freezer Fridays

    The Freezer Friday archival release series provides a unique new opportunity to explore Passenger’s treasure trove of notable harvests from the past. As those familiar with our approach to green coffee preservation will already know, we have actively stored our green coffee in an off-site deep freeze facility since our start as a company, keeping the coffees that we purchase in pristine condition following arrival.

    While the majority of Reserve Lot coffees that we buy sell out within months of their first appearance on our menu, we have, since our start in 2014, saved small volumes of many of our most extraordinary coffees for future enjoyment. 

    Inspecting the harvest at Gesha Village Estates

    Selecting gems from the past at Passenger’s off-site freezer archive

    This year we will begin to make a few of these “greatest hits” available for purchase in extremely limited quantities. Each release will be announced through Social Media and limited to 1 per order.

    The archival lots that we will be releasing in this way are not only shining examples of plant genetics, terroir, and skilled processing, they also offer a unique nostalgic opportunity: to revisit our previous experiences with these coffees and acknowledge once again some of the true high-water marks of producers whose coffees we have been privileged to taste over the years.

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