Roasting Origins: Colombia Edition—An Event from Ally Coffee and Cropster

We’ve teamed up again with our friends at Cropster for another installment of Roasting Origins! This series brings together a panel of roasters from around the world in an event to discuss their approaches to roasting and answer your questions about their process. For the upcoming webinar, we’ve sent Finca Las Nubes Pink Bourbon Natural coffee from Agua Negra, Huila Colombia to four expert roasters in Australia, Colombia, and the USA. Read on to learn more about each of the roasters, the coffee producer, and the Pink Bourbon coffee we’re featuring, and don’t forget to register for the free webinar happening on February 11!

The Roasters

Anne CooperAnne Cooper

Anne is an Australian roaster who has gained extensive experience in many areas of the coffee industry as barista, café owner/manager, national barista trainer & assessor, head roaster/roasting production manager at both a national & international level. A certified Q Grader, Anne regularly attends, volunteers, competes in & judges regional, national & international barista, brewers, cup tasting & roasting competitions.

Daniel MendozaDaniel Mendoza

Daniel Mendoza besides drinking tea, he is a helper. No matter who you are, where you are, or what your needs are, he will try his best to connect you with the right people or the right tools. His experience in the industry comes from, roasting, brewing, sourcing, connecting roasters with producers, etc. Today as part of the Cropster team, he is helping to improve workflow and production protocols for coffee roasters in North America.

Elena LoktevaElena Lokteva

Elena Lokteva is a green coffee buyer, Q Grader, SCA Certified Roasting Professional, and coffee roasting consultant based in Bogota, Colombia. She has more than a decade of experience in the coffee industry spanning several countries, including training, roasting, green coffee purchasing, exporting, and farm consultation. Elena currently works as the green coffee buyer for Ally Coffee in Colombia, is a partner and Roastmaster at Tourist Coffee, a member of the Coffee Roasters Guild Leadership Council, and is developing a co-roasting facility and academy called Fahrenheit Coffee Project.

Rob HoosRob Hoos

Rob Hoos is a coffee roasting consultant and the director of coffee for Nossa Familia Coffee in Portland, OR. Rob is the author of Modulating the Flavor Profile of Coffee and has been a roaster since 2008. He has extensive experience in the specialty coffee industry, including roasting, training, purchasing and profile evaluation. He is a subject matter expert for the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) and conducts coffee roasting workshops online and in-person at his lab in Rainier, OR.

The Producer, The Farm, The Coffee

Claudia SamboniClaudia Samboni

Claudia Samboni is a coffee producer and co-owner of Finca Las Nubes, as well as Aromas del Sur which includes farms Monteblanco, La Loma, and El Progreso, and a processing facility in Huila, Colombia. Aromas del Sur coffees have garnered a reputation for quality across the globe, earning awards and featuring prominently on competition stages. By implementing diligent production protocols and a variety of innovative post-harvest processes, Claudia, her husband Rodrigo Sanchez, and the team at Aromas del Sur have established themselves as leaders in their field.

Finca Las Nubes Pink Bourbon Natural

Finca Las Nubes is a partnership endeavor between professionals from throughout the supply chain, including production, exporting, importing, and roasting. 2020 brought the first harvest for this ownership team, and the team’s focus on quality and sustainability throughout each stage of production is clearly evident.Pink Bourbon cherries growing at Finca Las Nubes

The Pink Bourbon variety has gained popularity as a coffee that offers delicate, sweet, and floral flavors prized by many specialty coffee lovers. Rediscovered by Rodrigo Sanchez on Finca Monteblanco, the work that he and all of the Aromas del Sur team have put in to explore the potential of the variety has helped make it a favorite of coffee roasters and their customers around the world.

Learn more about what Rodrigo Sanchez has to say about the Pink Bourbon variety on our Get Inspired blog.

Join Us

We’re thrilled to be partnered again with Cropster for an event designed to educate, inspire, and foster community with roasters from every corner of the globe. Roasting Origins: Colombia Edition should provide insight not only into how our panel approaches this particular coffee, but also how the perceptions of Colombian coffee vary from person to person, place to place. Join us on February 11th at 3pm EST/12pm PST by checking out the event page at Cropster.com and clicking the link to register.

See you all at the event!

If you missed the first webinar, Roasting Origins: Brazil Edition, featuring roasters from across the globe roasting Fazenda Minamihara Red Obata Natural coffee from Cristais Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil, you can catch the recording on Youtube!

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