I first learned of Luis Reinoso in December of 2010. While most folks were holiday shopping for their loved ones, I was shopping for our first coffee from Colombia. We filled tables with coffee from single producers across the country in hopes of discovering something special. In the process, what we found was more than just special; we found an extraordinary selection from the Reinoso family that soared above the rest. The team at Madcap and I were immediately in love. Since, Luis’ coffee has become an instant fan favorite at Madcap.
The Reinosos’ coffee hails from plants that surround their home in the outskirts of Herrera, Tolima, a part unknown to most. The farm is tucked away in a secluded, lush micro-terroir that exists in its own remote valley. There are no other people or homes in sight when you reach the Reinoso household – only coffee, happy trees, and the peaceful sound of a roaring river at the foot of the farm. The farm receives ample rainfall, and just enough sun during midday as it peaks over the eastern hills, before falling behind the western peaks just a few hours later. The river provides the farm with plenty of water, a cool breeze, and delicious fish for pescado frito. This isn’t a place that someone stumbles upon. It’s a full day’s journey from any major city, and still a 3+ hour trip on rocky unpaved roads from the nearest small town of Herrera. The trek requires a 4×4, a skilled driver, and an immunity to car sickness (which fortunately, I have been self-diagnosed with).