Onyx Coffee - Colombia Inza Robinson Pillimue
Onyx Coffee - Colombia Inza Robinson Pillimue
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Onyx Coffee - Colombia Inza Robinson Pillimue

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Tasting Notes: Green Apple, Raisin, Brown Sugar, Pear.
Recommended for Filter.

Fans of washed coffees have been raving; our micro-lot series from Pergamino has exceeded all expectations of coffees from Inza. This fresh crop washed lot from the Pillimue family is deep and complex, with the signature mineral-like sweetness of brown sugar. We enjoy this coffee as a filter offering.


The name Pergamino coffee has been synonymous with high-quality Colombian coffee for years. We’ve long partnered with Pedro Echavarría to purchase coffees from their family estates, and over the last four years we’ve partnered with Pergamino on the Allied Producer Program, which we’ve utilized to source coffees for not only single-origin usage but also for our staple blends when washed coffees are needed. Through the network of the Allied Producer Program, we’ve sourced excellent full container lots for our blends, and while cupping through these coffees we find micro-lots that are higher quality: with marked delicate florals and higher acidity, which we separate out to feature as a single origin offering. We pay 10-20% more for these lots as they're separated out from the larger regional blends, yielding the producer anywhere from two to three times the C-Market price. This lot is the first of many lots we separated during our last visit to Pergamino.

This lot comes from Robinson Pillimue, brother to Nilson Pillimue, who manages the warehouse in Agua Blanca. Robinson started this farm with Leo Henao years ago, and has continued to maintain the farm with renewed varieties and processes. This lot blew us away on the cupping table, with notes of mineral-forward brown sugar and stone fruit.

The washed process begins with coffee cherries delivered to the washing station, both from the primary market or from farmers bringing their coffee directly to the mill. The cherries are inspected, and an initial quick round of hand-sorting separates the defective coffees before placing them into the hopper. They are then funneled to the depulper, which removes the fruit from the seeds (beans). After that phase is done, the coffee is fermented underwater for approximately 12-36 hours. During this fermentation, a microbial de-mucilagation takes place, which allows the outer fruit and pectin layer to break down, making the coffee easier to dry. This phase also crucially alters the organic acids within the coffee, as sugars and organic acids are transformed, with the best washed coffees maintaining their complex fruit esters. Once the fermentation is complete, the parchment is emptied into the washing channels, where it is agitated with rakes to remove the last of the fruit layer. During this step, the water is refreshed to ensure it’s capability of separating the fruit layer from the seed. Once the washing is complete, the coffee is taken to the raised drying tables for sun drying.

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