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Colombia Finca Bellavista | Alexander Cortes Million Pesos Program

Taste Notes: Cane Sugar, Cherry, Lemon, Creamy Mouthfeel. A Million Pesos Program Coffee. Read Full Description.


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We were able to secure a portion of this outstanding coffee lot from the Bellavista Estate (Finca) in Cauca, Colombia. This is a coffee from our importer's "Million Pesos Program" which rewards farmers for coffees that score over 90 points. Farmer Alexander Cortes was paid about double that which the traditional market would pay for this coffee, which is a blessing as current market prices barely cover the cost of production. A win for us, a win for people who love excellent coffee, and a win for Alexander and his Finca Bellavista. Win, Win, Win!

Farmer Alexander Cortes show coffee growing at his Finca Bellavista farm in colombia.

Alexander’s 9 hectares farm is located in the vereda Sevilla, El Tambo municipality, Cauca department. The farm is divided in two: Bellavista and La Laguna. The soil of the farm is sandy which allows the roots to develop and grow nicely.

Alexander does a selective hand picking to collect only the ripe cherries. Once the cherries are harvested, he stores the coffee with the mucilage for 12 hours before starting with the pulping and fermentation process.

Finca Bella Vista Depulper and Fermentation Tank

After 12 hours of waiting the coffee is ready to pulped and fermented. Alexander ferments using the dry process, meaning the coffee is fermented without water. Water is only used to wash the coffee once the fermentation is done. It takes around 12 to 13 hours for the fermentation to be done. Then the coffee goes to parabolic dryers; it takes 12 to 14 days to dry the coffee to the ideal moisture content.


Alexander Cortez is a hard working producer, and his hard work is reflected in his high quality coffee.


Lot Information:

Producer: Finca Bellavista - La Laguna, Alexander Cortes

Region: Colombia, El Tambo - Cauca Department

Varietals: 80% Castillo, 20% Caturra

Altitude: 1730 Meters Above Sea-Level

Process: Washed

Certifications: Million Pesos Program



Additional Information

Brand Venia Coffee
Coffee Type Roasted
Weight No
Certifications Direct Trade
Growing Country Colombia
Growing Region Latin America
Roast Degree Light Roast

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    More than I expected--recommend

    Review by Susan on May 7, 2015

    I'm not generally a big fan of Colombian coffee. I think I typically prefer the sharper complexity of a Kenyan coffee or the smooth freshness of Central American coffees. However, after trying this on a whim I am a fan. I don't have it in front of me right now (ran out quickly) so can't give a nuanced, play-by-play review. But let's just say it was not bland, it was delicious and each cup was a pleasure. I'm getting more and think it is worth the price.

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