The Helenita. Coffee from Colombia



Sensory Profile: Milk chocolate, honey sweetness, notes of stone fruit and balanced and velvety body. Medium-low acidity

Producer: Elmer Restrepo

Origin: Colombia

Altitude: 1,400 - 1,700 meters above sea level.

Estate: La Helenia

Region: Los Cuervos. Caldas

Process: Washing

Varietal: Caturra

Finca La Helenita

Located in the heart of the Colombian coffee region, Finca La Helenita is located on the outskirts of the municipality of Los Cuervos starting at 1,400 meters and with steep slopes at 1,700 meters above sea level.

It is a farm of only 6 hectares belonging to Elmer Restrepo, the second generation dedicated to coffee.

After an in-depth study of the soil and the farm's performance, the decision was made to implement new protocols for fertilization, cleaning, harvesting and processing on the farm, seeking special coffees with personality, and it has been possible to improve both the flavor in the cup drastically as well as the productivity of the coffee.

Coffee processing

A lot selection process is carried out, giving priority to the location of the coffee tree within the farm, seeking to ensure that it meets the temperature and humidity requirements for the development of sugars.

After harvesting, the cherries are left to rest for 18 hours. The next day, the coffee is pulped and fermented aerobically for 16 hours in tanks with water.

The Helenita. Coffee from Colombia


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Every day from Monday to Friday we prepare orders for our transport agency to pick them up at 2pm. If we have all the coffees you have ordered and they are roasted, we will send them that same day. Otherwise we will do everything possible to get it out the next day. Our transport agency assures us of deliveries in 24-48 hours.
Example 1:
If you place the order on Sunday afternoon. Normally, if we have roasted all the coffees that you have ordered from us, on Monday morning we will prepare all the orders for the weekend and that Monday at 2:00 p.m. your order will already be on its way, in the hands of our agency. On many occasions it will be delivered the next day, Tuesday before 7pm, but on other occasions you will have to wait until Wednesday to receive your order. For your peace of mind, you will normally receive an email with which you can track it.

Example 2) worst case

If you place an order on Friday at noon, the normal thing is that we will not have time to prepare it and that the agency will not be able to pick it up until Monday at 2 p.m., and it may be that, as in example 1) your order will not arrive until Tuesday or Wednesday before 7 p.m.

Example 3) Best case

If you place your order early on a Tuesday, it is likely (if we have all your coffees roasted) that your order will leave on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. and if the agency delivers it to you in less than 24 hours, you will have your coffee on Wednesday before 7:00 p.m.

Tracking numbers

Our transport agency, once it has received and processed the package, will send you an email with the tracking number so that you can manage any changes directly with them.

Why free shipping?

We want you to order coffee from us periodically and to have direct contact with you. For this reason we have created our coffee lovers club, the Artisan Coffee Club , and for the members of this club we will assume the Shipping Costs , of course it is an effort on our part. But we are sure that in this way we will become your trusted coffee supplier and that you will be the first to receive our communications with enthusiasm.

FAQ. Frequent questions

What is specialty coffee?

A specialty coffee is characterized by using high-quality beans that are grown in optimal conditions and harvested and processed with care.

This type of coffee is scored by certified cuppers and scores above 80 on the 100-point scale of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA).

Although we at Artisan Coffee purchase the vast majority of our coffees above 85 SCA points.

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When the coffee label or information says process: natural, what does it mean?

This information has little to do with what you usually find in supermarkets, and the only information you will have is whether it is natural roasted, blended or roasted (we talk about this below in another question).

When we talk about processes there are basically 3 types:

  1. Natural or Dried: In this method, the coffee fruits are dried in the sun immediately after harvesting, with the cherry still intact. Once dry, the pulp and skin are removed. This process can intensify the sweetness and give a fruity flavor to the coffee.
  2. Washed or Wet: Here, coffee cherries are pulped immediately after harvesting. The grains, still covered with mucilage, are fermented in water to break it down. They are then washed and dried. This method tends to highlight the acidity and flavor characteristics of the grain.
  3. Honey or Miel: This process is an intermediate point between natural and washed. After cherries are stripped of their skin, a layer of mucilage (which is sticky like honey, hence the name) is left around the kernel during drying. This method can result in a coffee with pronounced body and sweetness and mild acidity.

What is the degree of roasting and why is it important?

The degree of roast refers to how much a coffee bean has been roasted. Grades range from light roast, which retains many of the bean's natural flavors, to dark roast, which has a more roasted flavor and less of the bean's original flavors. In specialty coffee, the roast is carefully selected to highlight the unique flavors and characteristics of each bean.

In general, we apply a medium roast to our coffees, except in certain cases when we will apply a medium-low roast so as not to lose those delicate notes that tend to disappear with larger roasts.

We roast each coffee in a completely different way, and in our control tastings we define whether that coffee needs a different roast than the one we have done in order to further enhance its flavor notes.

I don't see in the info if the coffee is natural, blended or roasted?

All our coffees are Arabica and are roasted naturally , and in no case do we use roasting.

We only apply heat and do not add any extra ingredients, like roasting does, which adds sugar.

How does specialty coffee contribute to sustainability and environmental protection?

Many specialty coffee producers practice sustainable growing methods that protect the environment. This may include using shade to protect coffee plants and conserve biodiversity, water conservation through efficient irrigation systems, and composting coffee waste. Additionally, many specialty coffee producers receive a fair price for their product, allowing them to invest in sustainable agricultural practices.

In addition, our coffee bags are part of a CO2 compensation project.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Jose Manuel López Campos

He repetido con este café por su calidad asegurada.......

Luís Escámez
Café bueno pero ácido por estar recien tostado

El café estaba ácido nada más abrirlo (normal porque se había tostado 3 días antes), de manera que tuve que añadir más agua y leche de lo normal para compensar esa acidez opacando de esta manera las notas.

Cuando se cumplieron aproximadamente las dos semanas desde la fecha de tueste fue cuando verdaderamente se apreciaban los sabores pero lamentablemente ya quedaba poco café porque los 250 gramos se agotan relativamente pronto y eso que estuve tomando otro café durante una semana para dar tiempo a que el café mejorase. Por tanto no pude disfrutar completamente de esos 250 gramos de café.

Creo que a la hora de la compra falta indicar la fecha de tueste del café que vas a recibir y sería deseable poder elegirla, puesto que cuando lo recibes quieres que esté en su punto idóneo para saborearlo inmediatamente y no verte obligado a esperar a consumirlo. Me gustaría haber podido elegir recibirlo con fecha de tueste de mínimo dos semanas.

Envío muy rápido

No dudaré en el volver a pedir, los envíos son muy rápidos y la cálidas del café es increíble

Acorde al precio

Me parece bueno, sin dudas un buen inicio en el café de especialidad, en particular mirando el precio.
Personalmente recomendaría, para quienes ya tienen más trayectoria en este pequeño mundo, pasar directamente a la siguiente gama donde se deberían encontrar notas más interesantes y mayor complejidad.

Hugo Bravo

La Helenita. Café de Colombia

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