In the south of the department of Huila, near Pitalito, there is a municipality nestled between the mountains of the eastern cordillera called Palestina. Records from 1860 show there was a hacienda named El Quebradon in the area, which was dedicated to the production of quina and sugar cane. Later on, in 1937, the town of Palestina was founded on the lands of the hacienda, and nowadays El Quebradón is a township of the municipality. This place boasts amazing microclimates for agriculture due to its ecosystem, wind currents, multiple water sources and rich soils. Agricultural products, particularly coffee, avocado, and pitaya (a type of dragon fruit of Colombia), are the main sources of income for farmers in Palestina.
Caravela started working with a group of around 30 producers from the township of El Quebradón in 2008, but nowadays it has expanded to include more producers and areas of Palestina. Since then, Caravela has worked constantly to achieve better qualities by working alongside the coffee farmers, with the PECA educator visiting them and advising on farm management practices, and by opening a purchasing station in 2015.
“El Quebradón has notes of butterscotch, yellow fruits, coffee flower, peach with a medium and silky body and high acidity, with notes of honey in the aftertaste.
1,500 – 1,900 MASL