Colombia Pedregal La Venta ML #165

Colombia Pedregal La Venta ML #165

Farm Description

If you've all been paying attention to my writing this fall you know how near and dear top Southern Colombian coffees are to my heart. It's my favorite Latin American origin. Read more about the San Antonio cup profile below as this coffee plays right into my thought process behind this idea. The region itself is a stunner. Vegetation covered Andean mountains jut out from the landscape, and across the valley like emeralds. The river Paez splits two Departments from each other here, Huila from Cauca. Getting out to San Antonio has been arduous. In the past year, heavy rains and the resulting rising rivers knocked out a bridge that connects the growing region to the nearest major city with a municipal airport. It has not been rebuilt, and now this "road less traveled" includes a river crossing via motorized canoe. The extra work to get up there has been worth it without question.

We've done more lot separation on a regional level this year than we've ever done in the past. San Antonio is the equivalent of what we would call a county here in the states. The coffee is grown in the tiny hamlets perched up in surrounding highlands at altitudes ranging from 1700 masl to over 2000 masl. Due to its isolation, San Antonio has escaped a lot of the Colombia and Castillo varietal (Catimor) propaganda from the government. Caturra still reigns supreme and we've even found small amounts of Bourbon and Typica mixed in with it. Processing is simple - manual depulping, 18-22 hour fermentation in tiled tanks, washing in the same tanks, and drying on raised, parabolic beds. Sometimes simplicity is beauty.

Tom, Dan and I continue to spend hours and hours of our weeks dedicated to separating the best of these coffees from the rest and constructing lots that are unique from each other. At this point we must be close to 1,000 samples from this group. Lot 175 is not a large lot and I expect it to be popular. Try it and let us know what you think.


This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

If you read the farm notes then you know our Pedregal lots are sweetness driven. Brown sugar and toffee waft from the aromatics of the dry grinds along with dark honey and a sweet, allspice note. The break offered a different take with fleshy fruit notes like mango and apricot. The cup profile on these lots demonstrates a large range of both sweetness and acidity often meshing well together as an aggregate expression of fruit. Green grape, or even white grape juice really, is most dominant although crisp, juicy Asian pear and red delicious are regularly apparent as well. As these coffees cool the sugar browning sweetness in them really takes over. Panela is one of the most intensely sweet and memorable taste experiences I can remember. Essentially its sugar cane processed and molded in simple fashion (see photos). Colombians and folks across rural Latin America often make their own panela to use as sweeteners and candies. Although slightly more floral and perfume-y panela is reminiscent of muscovado sugar with its deep, molasses-like sweetness. These Pedregal lots are laden with that panela/muscovado sugar flavor. As they cool, and getting past that particular note, a sweet citrus flavor like meyer lemon appears along with a toasted hazelnut warmness. Cool, a fine dutch drinking chocolate quality rounds the cup out kinda like fancy chocolate milk.


Lot Size

1 bag

Roast Recommendations

City to Full City+, and beyond...extremely sweet across the roast spectrum. Versatile.


Wet Process



Grade & Appearance

Excelso 15+ screen


Shipped to us in GrainPro
Bookmark and Share
This coffee has sold out. The review is provided for reference purposes only.


Further Green Coffee Offerings

Peru Pueblo del Cautivo

Loose leaf tea comes to mind when grinding a City roast of this coffee, a smell that's like popping a box of bagged black tea. You get a sense of caramel malt sweetness and bittering coffee tones...

Rwanda Karongi Gitesi Lot 761

Gitesi continues to produce some of the best coffee we see from the region. From the outset, Gitesi shows an attractive set of aromatics, perfumed with clover honey and subtle spice accents, a...

Guatemala San Diego Buena Vista SWP Decaf

This decaf version of San Diego Buena Vista ("SDBV") shows classic balance of a washed Guatemalan coffee. A mild cup all around, with the robust sweetness inherent to this coffee, SDBV brews well...