Origin Story

This Striped Bourbon is the product of a farmer's curiosity, attention to detail, and dogged commitment to quality. After noticing that some coffee trees produced a red cherry that had visible orange stripes along the side, the farmer segregated those cherries from the Red Bourbon trees and discovered that they tasted different.

Fast forward to today and some farmers in the Cauca region have begun dedicating areas of their farm to this naturally occurring field variant that we call Striped Bourbon. This coffee was grown on Finca Juan Martín, an experimental farm located at 2,050 masl in the Sotará region of Cauca.

The lot we selected was meticulously harvested and processed. The ripe cherries were picked only when they achieved a 20° Brix reading (a measurement of the sugar content). Then the cherries were sorted by size, pulped, and placed in a stainless steel fermentation tank. A solution of water, glucose, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast were added to the tank and allowed to ferment for 36 hours. The coffee was then washed and dried on raised beds in a greenhouse.


Our second single origin offering from Colombia is rich in berry-like sweetness, with a pleasant aromatic orange finish - perfect for sipping as we look forward to warmer weather.

  • Country Colombia
  • Flavor Profile Caramel + Stone Fruit
  • Variety Striped Red Bourbon

The details

  • Country Colombia
  • Region Cauca, La Poblaseña, Sotará
  • Elevation Range 2050
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method raised bed shade-dried
  • Direct Trade Partner Since 2016

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 intelligentsia.com.

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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    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.