60 – EL BALSO – WALTER VARGAS

60 – EL BALSO – WALTER VARGAS
  • Farm: El Balso
  • Country: Colombia
  • Region: Antioquia
  • Locality: Betulia
  • Elevation: 2,100 meters
  • Varietals: Castillo Rosario, Tabi
  • Process: Washed, sun-dried
  • Position: Spot Continental New Jersey

 

Located in Betulia, El Balso originally belonged to Walter’s grandparents. Passed down through generations, it is now home to Walter, his wife, Gloria, their son, and Walter’s mother. As a true family business, everyone helps out with the daily activities and maintenance. 

Of the 5,000 coffee trees planted, 2,000 are currently pruned and not producing coffee for this harvest. The other 3,000 consist  of Castillo Rosario and Tabi varietals which will account for roughly 8 bags of beans. With this smaller scale production, Walter believes he is better able to focus on both carefully selecting cherries and processing them. 

Budgeting for maintenance and upgrades is tough with narrow profit margins, but Walter recently replaced the plastic on one of his two marquesinas (drying bed). He would like to install pipes to transport the picked cherries from the field to the wet mill as well. We are hopeful that our financing opportunities and profit sharing business model will support his endeavors.

 

THE CUP: 

Vibrant, citrus, lime, brown sugar.