This lovely coffee stands out amidst the top 6 Copa Suaceña winning lots as perhaps the most chocolatey, and the least fruit-forward, with integrated acidity and a pleasantly round mouthfeel. Look for sweet, warming aromatics of wafer cookie, cocoa, and mild cranberry. In the cup, there is a rich balance of milk chocolate and toasted almond flavors with mild but refreshing red grape acidity on the aftertaste.
Tatiana Rodriguez is a member of the Diviño Nino producer group whose family has been producing coffee in the Suaza region for generations. This rich and deeply sweet selection from Tatiana’s 2019 harvest was awarded 4th 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.
While the majority of members in the Divino Niño producer association are men, Tatiana was one of two female producers, along with Edilma Bermeo, who placed in the top 6 of the Copa Suaceña. Her competition lot, a blend of Colombia, Caturra, and Typica varieties was fermented in cherry for 36 hours before washing, fermentation, and an eventual drying time of 20-30 days. Due to limited milling capabilities on her farm, Finca El Altico, Tatiana currently transports her coffee cherry to a neighbor’s farm for processing. She hopes to re-invest some of the proceeds of her competition success to build a wet mill and better drying facilities.