Colombia El Placer Gold Coffee (#002)

Wholebeans, 200g only. Read more below
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Fruity Flavours / Notes
Nuts And Spice Flavours / Notes
Nuts & Spice
Mixed Nuts Strawberry
Flavours & Notes
Coffee Specification
Bolivia Brazil Colombia Costa Rica
Dom. Republic Ecuador El Salvador Guatemala
Honduras Nicaragua Panama Peru
Burundi Ethiopia Kenya Rwanda
Tanzania Uganda Indonesia Yemen
Region Quindio
Producer Sebastian Ramirez
Varietal Pink Bourbon
Altitude 1590 - 1740 masl
Brightness of Flavours
Full Bodied
Balance of Flavours
Dominant Flavours
Cup Score (SCA)
88 89 90 91
92 93 94-100 Undisclosed
Processing Method
Washed Natural Anaerobic Other
Roast Profile
Espresso Filter Omniroasted
More Information
What bag size(s) is this coffee available in? 200g
Does this include caffeine? Yes, this product contains caffeine
Is this coffee available as pre-ground? No, this is available as wholebeans only

About Colombia El Placer Gold Coffee (#002)

Before introducing Three Marks and this coffee, GUSTATORY's curators have noticed some incredible natural coffees coming out of Colombia of late. Discussing this with various roasters at several recent coffee events, it is something that hasn't gone unnoticed. As such, we welcome such a delight as Stories' special guest coffee #002.

About Three Marks:Another roaster emerging from the vibrant Spanish speciality coffee scene, Three Marks are a distinctive and innovative roaster based in Barcelona. Whilst we are not sure what the origin of their name is, we can guarantee that they’ll leave their mark on you. Well, three to be precise. One on your pallet for their expertly roasted coffee, one on your head for their ethically sourced seasonal coffees and one on your heart for the love and care they take in sourcing and roasting coffee for you.

About This Coffee:This very special lot of Pink Bourbon is produced on Finca El Placer by Sebastian Ramirez, a fourth-generation coffee producer, who has been running his family estate for over a decade.⁠

The farm is located in the heart of El Eje Cafetero (the so-called "Coffee Zone") in Calarca, Quindio, at the altitude of 1,750 masl. At El Placer, sustainable farming is practiced, for example by avoiding hebicides and cutting weeds every two months. Soil health is a priority, and taking good care of it results in healthy plants and contributes to great flavour profiles. Sebastian has access to a well-equipped microbiological laboratory, crucial for the El Placer farm in developing innovative and exotic coffees.⁠

Sebastian Ramirez’s farm produces Pink Bourbon, Geisha and Wush Wush, and focuses his attention in the fermentation process stage and for this he works closely with Q-graders and Q-Processing professionals who follow the fermentation processes closely. This coffee was sourced by a collaboration between 4 parties. Hernan Cabra, a recognised Q-processer who works in Colombia, Cata Export from Colombia, Makicuna Coffee and Coffee Farm El Placer. This coffee is processed by double anearobic fermentation and carbonic maceration.

Cupping Notes:Strawberry / Eucalyptus / Kola Nut


  • Harvest and classification ( 95% ripe and 5% semi-ripe).
  • Placed into tanks to go through an anearobic fermentation for 100 hours with a constant temperature of 18 °C. CO2 is injected into the tanks.
  • Coffee is pulped and goes through a second anearobic fermentation for 72 hours with CO2.
  • A Mosto or lactic acid obtained from bacteria is added at this stage as well as a culture of bacteria from trees from El placer. This culture is obtained by isolating certain bacteria that live in plants.
  • First drying phase in ‘Elda’ (drying structure) for approximately 20 days at a temperature of 40 C and humidity of 25%.
  • Second drying phase in a Parabolic drying polytunnel for approximately 5 days.
  • After the coffee has reached the desired humidity and has stabilised, the parchment coffee is threshed and selected by hand to then be packed and shipped.
Estimated cost savings for this special guest coffee:
Roaster RRP £28.00
Shipping £16.00
Customs £7.50
Savings £22.50 (44%)
(Shipped from GUSTATORY. Shipping to UK: £3.00, Europe from £7.00, Rest of World from £10.00)
Estimated dates for this special guest coffee:
Roasting On Sep 20th
  Rest Period
Shipped From Sept 30th / Oct 3rd
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