Victor Berrera’s 4,500 Tabi shrubs are planted over 3.5 hectares growing at 1700 meters. El Tesoro is operated by Victor, his family, and as many as eight to 15 pickers from the local community, depending on the harvest’s size. When Victor Barrera started working in coffee production, he used to dry his coffees on the roof of his house. When we went to visit in 2019,
he had just installed new greenhouse drying beds. This new installation allowed him to significantly increase the amount of coffee he could process at any given time, as well as help control drying times with easier access to the bed itself.
Initially started by his father, who walked 30 kilometers from Huila to Palestina to find this farm, Victor continued tending to the farm and decided to continue growing coffee. Ten years ago, Victor’s father passed away and divided the farm between him and his siblings. The first decision Victor made was to change the varieties from Caturra and Typica to Tabi. He has several varieties of Tabi, including this lot of pink Tabi.
Tabi is a variety developed by CENICAFE in Colombia. It’s a hybrid of Typica, Bourbon, and Timor varieties known to be slightly larger in seed size than other varieties found in Colombia. Developed by CENICAFE, the National Federation of Coffee growers’ (NFC) research and development center, in 2002, Tabi was introduced as an answer to coffee leaf rust. Even though it was meant to solve a larger problem, it also is known for its cup characteristics, and you can tell that when drinking it. The word tabi translates to “good” in the Guambiano, a native Colombian tribe dialect.
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