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Colombia - El Silencio Panela

Colombia - El Silencio Panela

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Colombia - El Silencio Panela

Varietal –  Pink Bourbon
Preparation – Two stage extended ferment washed
Location – Palestina Huila
Altitude – 1700-2200 masl

This is a stunning high-cup score micro-lot produced from Pink Bourbon varietal trees grown by small-hold farmers at high altitudes in Colombia. Pink Bourbon is a rare varietal that has become well-known for producing incredible flavours.

EL Silencio Panela is a collective lot of the hard work of 5 farmers from the municipality of Palestina. Palestina region is known for many agricultural products, Sugar cane is one of them. Panela is a type of unrefined whole cane sugar commonly used in Latin America, particularly in Colombia and Venezuela. It is made by boiling and evaporating sugarcane juice until it thickens and solidifies into a compact block or cone-shaped mass. In terms of flavour profile, panela has a distinct caramel-like taste with hints of molasses. The producers gave this micro-lot the name 'Panela' due to the perceived similarity in the flavour profile.

Colombia El Silencio

Palestina municipality is located in the southern part of Huila state. The area is surrounded by mountains and also national parks, including “Cueva De Los Guacharos” which crosses Huila to the states of Caquetá and Putumayo. The microclimate in the municipality of Palestine is perfectly suited to grow coffee that has the potential for very high cup scores.

Harvesting and Processing:

The coffee is very carefully hand harvested from pink bourbon varietal trees.

The washed process relies on a combination of multiple fermentation steps and pulping processes using water:
  1. The freshly picked cherries are dry fermented for 12hrs. 
  2. The coffee is pulped to remove the outer skin and some of the mucilage.
  3. The coffee is fermented for a second time for 24 hours in tanks soaked in water
  4. Coffee is washed and dried on raised beds.

Tasting Notes:

This is a stunning coffee that showcases the amazing flavour profile of high altitude pink bourbon coffee. With a cup score of 87+ you can expect a wide range of tasting notes that include lychee, pomegranate, golden raisin, cherry and sweet caramel sugar.


This coffee works well for all brew methods. 

Filter: Dose 15g, water 250g. 

Espresso: Dose 17 gram to 40 gram yield over about 30 seconds. 

This coffee is available as wholebean and pre ground but we recommend always grinding fresh before brewing. We sell a range of grinders if you would like to grind this coffee fresh at home. 


Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Rich Smooth

This is a new HR coffee for me , my 2nd purchase of this & im enjoying it more& more .. will defo buy again when available. Using an aeropress with hot milk . Very smooth but full bodied .

it's a lovely coffee

I know you recommend 15gr per 250 ml of water for all coffees. However, with speciality coffees a tip on the brewing ratio and method, or perhaps even a video with Horsham roasters, would be appreciated. It would help me to make sure I am making the best of a premium coffee, and I am getting the expected notes rather than treating it like an ephemeral coffee.

El Silencio Panela is suave

Bought it to try, and it is as it's name - quiet and gentle and tasting of brown sugar. I like that there is not much acidity too. Lovely, light and delicious coffee beans.


Had 1st cup today ,very nice depth but smooth .. will buy again if in stock as bought La Isla too which haven’t tasted yet

Beautifully juicy and fruity

Worth the extra spend for an exceptionally juicy coffee. Was tricky to dial in but now I’ve gotten there I’m getting a really pleasant raisin flavour with a nice amount of acidity. Even on opening the bag you can smell that this is going to be something a bit special!