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Rigoberto Sánchez

Rigoberto Sánchez

Sweet and clean currants are balanced by an intense and syrupy body, in this lot from some of the oldest coffee growing lands in Huila. 

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Coffee Expression The traditional washed process unveils an excellent example of the traditional Colombian profile, with fresh currants and apple balanced by a rich and syrupy body. 

Producer Our relationship with Rigoberto Sánchez is facilitated by the LaREB collective.

Whole Bean Coffee / Both for filter and espresso

Brewing Advise

Water is one of the most critical components of an excellent coffee experience. We recommend using mineral water of a soft Total Dissolved Solids count, ideally below 150 ppm. 

Rested coffee During the resting process, harsh and astringent flavors, which can even be perceived as a ‘roast’ character, soften out, allowing a clearer and brighter expression of the coffee’s character to shine.  

We recommend resting our coffees for at least 10 days after the roast date, and we often find excellent results, especially for particularly dense coffees, beyond 6 weeks.

Brewing Our straightforward approach to coffee carries over into brewing. We recommend our roasted coffee for all brew methods, regardless of whether it is immersion, percolation or espresso. We believe that there is one correct way to roast a single coffee, roasting lightly, in such a way as to release its innate qualities and showcase its quality. Learn more about different brewing techniques and specific brew guides here.

Technical Data

Producer Rigoberto Sánchez

Region Huila

Altitude 1800 masl

Varietal Pink Bourbon

Process Washed

Harvest October 2023

Shipping & Delivery

· Free shipping available

· Ships within 1-3 days from Denmark

· Coffee is roasted to order

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Rigoberto Sánchez

This is the second time we have worked with Rigoberto Sánchez, on his farm just outside Palestina, a major centre for coffee growing in the southern Huila region. We have worked with several members of the Sánchez family, having previously purchased coffee from two of Rigoberto’s siblings, Orlando and Durley, through our work with the LaREB collective.


Now all of the siblings are working with LaREB, on some of the oldest coffee growing lands in Palestina. The father of the current generation of the Sánchez family is originally from the Cundinamarca region just north of Colombian capital Bogotá, but moved to Caicedonia after getting married. 

Caicedonia is a small town not far from the ‘Coffee Triangle’ cities of Armenia, Pereira and Manizales, one we are familiar with after several visits to the Cafe Granja La Esperanza quality lab in the town centre, and to their nearby farms at Potosí and Las Margaritas. Mid-century Colombia wasn’t an easy place to earn a stable living, and Rigoberto’s father was displaced from Caicedonia by violence in the mid 1940’s. This was not an uncommon occurrence at the time, and each farmer knew they had to take with them some sort of method of creating a new livelihood. Of course in this case Rigoberto’s father brought coffee seeds, a particularly old strain of Typica, and planted them in land not far from Palestina when he settled here in 1949.

Since then, the family has become rather successful in coffee, especially Orlando. In fact, there was such respect for him within the community that he was pushed to run for mayor of Palestina, serving two terms in 1995 and 2000. He has his own farm now, leaving the original Sanchez lands from 1949 to his sisters Durley and Marisela, and brother Rigoberto. The Sánchez family are respected both in the community of Palestina, and in the wider speciality coffee movement in Huila, that has gained great momentum over the past decade or so. Due to this, they are very sought after coffee growers, but choose to work with LaREB as their goals align; a genuine and passionate drive to preserve coffee growing communities across Colombia, and help them to prosper.

This lot is from Rigoberto’s section of the original Sánchez lands, and is composed of the Pink Bourbon varietal. The Sánchez family have long been a driving force in speciality coffee in Huila, and were one of the first to adopt the now widely grown ‘Pink Bourbon’ varietal. Always with a view to ‘lead from the fields’, they have continually pushed for modern coffee growing techniques that add value, while keeping the reality of many farmers’ situation in mind. 

Pink Bourbon, while giving a more distinct cup profile than many traditional Colombian varietals, also yields high, and tolerates many diseases and fungi. The washed process used here is also a Colombian tradition, de-pulped, fermented for approximately 24 hours, washed, then dried on raised beds. 

Here we find an excellent example of the traditional Colombian profile, with a very clean currant and apple acidity balanced by a rich and syrupy body and complex aromatics.

Washed Pink Bourbon