Ruby Red Grapefruit, Cane Sugar, Juniper Honey

If you're a Pink Bourbon fanatic, you don't need a primer, but for those unfamiliar with the varietal, let's start with some background.

Pink Bourbon is the hybrid child of two of the specialty world's most celebrated shrubs: Red and Yellow Bourbon. It hails from Colombia, and it's gathered a cult following for its mashup of sweet and citrus tones. Pink Bourbons drink like those lemonade slushies you get at Six Flags: sugary, bright, intense as the six-story coasters that dizzy you into buying them in the first place. Given their knockout flavors, you might wonder why they aren't more common. Well, like their Red/Yellow parents, Pink Bourbon trees are finicky. Most farmers don't want to deal with them, but those that do produce coffees that earn the hype.

Hailing from El Mirador farm in Tolima, Colombia, this Pink Bourbon underscores the importance of varietal and processing. Its producer, Victor Gutierrez, is a licensed Q grader, and you can feel the care he put into this crop. It's got a telltale Pink Bourbon blend of sweetness and acidity, but thanks to an anaerobic stage during processing, there's topspin to the cup. 

Ruby Red Grapefruit is the big note here, capped with a dusting of cane sugar. The mix dishes signature Pink Bourbon vibes: an inimitable marriage of sweetness and acidity. As the cup cools, two background notes joust for dominance: honey and a hint of juniper berry, creating an infusion feel that we'll call juniper honey. As with all great brews, the whole manages to be more than the sum of its parts. The result is a coffee that's as clean as it is memorable and a profile that affirms the wild endurance of the Pink Bourbon trend.

  • Process - Anaerobic Washed
  • Region - Tolima
  • Farm - El Mirador
  • Altitude - 1,650 MASL
  • Varietal - Pink Bourbon

Best for:

  • Pour Over
  • Aero Press
  • French Press
  • Drip Machine