La Mina may look just like many of the other small farms scattered across the rolling hills of the celebrated Colombian coffee community of Buesaco, but it is hardly common. The López family's selective cherry harvesting, obsessive selection, and meticulous processing have made La Mina one of the country's most decorated coffee farms, with five winning lots (and counting) at the prestigious Cup of Excellence competition. La Mina is the small farm with the big reputation.

  • Type Single Origin
  • Country Colombia
  • Flavor Profile Apple + Raw Sugar
  • Variety Caturra, Castillo

The details

  • Country Colombia
  • Producer Franco José Héctor López
  • Region Buesaco
  • Elevation Range 1900 m
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method Raised Bed
  • Harvest May-July 2021
  • Direct Trade Partner Since 2010

How To Brew

We recommend starting with a 1:18 coffee-to-water ratio, which provides an excellent total extraction level and maximizes flavor pulled out of the ground coffee. For our single origin coffees we recommend a pour over method either on a Chemex, V60 or Kalita Wave on a 5 or 6 grind setting if you are ordering from

Recommended Method Pour Over

  1. 01.
    Boil Water 205 - 212 F
  2. 02.
    Weigh Coffee 1g of coffee per 18g of water
  3. 03.
    Drop In Filter Add filter to equipment
  4. 04.
    Grind Coffee Grind coffee and add to filter
  5. 05.
    Add Water Add water in stages
  6. 06.
    Remove Filter Enjoy your coffee!
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Colombia Landscape

Origin Story

Colombia La Mina

There is nothing especially conspicuous about La Mina. At first glance, it is virtually indistinguishable from any of the other coffee farms scattered across the gently rolling hills of Buesaco. But the López family's attention to detail sets La Mina apart.

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    Why We're Different

    • Intelligentsia coffee buyers travel year-round working with a network of farmers. From the farm, coffee arrives at the roasting works in Chicago, where coffee professionals cup, grade, and release over 50 single-origins and blends annually.

    • Intelligentsia Direct Trade means partnering with people who obsess about quality as much as we do, and building meaningful relationships with farmers. Today, the Intelligentsia Direct Trade community includes more than 50 partners in 14 countries.

    • A quarter-century of obsession with quality, more than 15 years of sourcing great coffee the right way, and an authoritative point of view on how to elevate coffee make Intelligentsia a trusted partner on your coffee journey.