Since 2010, Luis Reinoso’s coffee has been a star in our lineup. That year we began to purchase coffee from Luis and his brother Didier. Luis’ Colombian farm, Finca Vista Hermosa, or, “farm with a beautiful view”, rests at roughly 1800 meters above sea level, looking out on a mix of cultivated coffee and natural forest.
This high elevation provides the coffee trees with cool temperatures and a lower oxygen environment associated to coffees with fine, bright acidity. Indeed, we find lush fruit flavors of plums, cherries and citrus defining Luis’ coffee as a filter or espresso brew.
In cultivation are Caturra and Bourbon varieties, at a roughly 80-20 ratio, both of which are associated with lower-yield but high-quality cup characteristics. Having only two varieties is a risky choice ― less biodiversity can increase the risks of disease ruining a large portion of his crop ― but in addition to quality, just two varieties give Luis’ coffee very well-defined flavor characteristics.
As many farms in Colombia do, Luis produces two harvest a year ― unstable weather patterns close to the equator produce uneven flowering and fruiting of the coffee trees; Luis could be picking coffee twice a month year-round. His coffee is hand-picked, washed at Finca Vista Hermosa, and dried slowly on covered, raised beds. A thorough washing and even, slow drying encourages cleanliness and consistency in cup character.
Luis lives on his farm in the Herrera, Tolima Region (a 5 hours off road drive from the little town of Rio Blanco) with his wife and 2 children. He’s a first generation farmer excited about growing great quality and partnering with a roaster to build a sustainable business. Full of lush fruit flavor, a clean and silky mouthfeel, and bright pleasing acidity, this is a world-class coffee. We at Madcap are delighted to be the only suppliers of Luis Reinoso coffee in the world!