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Prieto Soto

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Producer: Hernan and Eugenio Prieto Soto
Varietal: Caturra, Colombia
Region: Ciudad Bolivar
Elevation: 1510-1800 meters
Process:  Washed
Fermentation: 72 Hours, Wet
Drying: Raised Beds
Aroma: Green Apple, Marzipan
Tasting Notes: Champagne Grape, Black Cherry, Caramel


There is no region that expresses the term "magical realism" more than Antioquia in Colombia. The terrain is exotic and rugged crossed by the Cordillera Central and Cordillera Occidental which forms the plateaus of Santa Rosa de Osos and Rionegro. Antioquia is the second largest coffee producing department in Colombia with farms that are typically larger in size with an infrastructure modernized for specialty coffee. As the cool air comes off the Pacific, the cherries develop a heavy sweetness as they take longer to ripen. 

Brothers Hernan and Eugenio Prieto Soto run Villa Clabelina, a 22 hectare farm which operates within the specialty forward-thinking group the Coffee Growers Association. Their goal is not only exceptional quality, but also the elevation of social concerns, environmental regard, and sustainability to the fore. The brothers believe that "coffee is an experience, a feeling". Villa Clabelina was planted more than fifty years ago, and the brothers have enlisted the help of Juan Saldarriaga to improve their picking practices and processing facilities. New and improved rooms have been built for drying coffee in a precisely controlled fashion as well as the ability to also process in the honey and natural fashion. 

This particular lot is one of three we are offering this year from Villa Clabelina. A lovely and clean washed coffee, Prieto Soto is brighter and softer compared our Finca Clabelina offering.