“Chiroso” is the name given to a unique variety of coffee rediscovered in Colombia in the early 2000’s, and is still mostly limited to the country. Originally thought to be a regression of Bourbon, a recent scientific journal linked the Chiroso cultivar to Ethiopian landraces.

There are two types of Chiroso cultivars, the original being “Bourbon Chiroso”, which is much taller than the other type, referred to locally as “Caturra Chiroso”. Anecdotal evidence points to the latter being a regression of the former, as small percentages of the seeds propagated from Bourbon Chiroso yield the shorter type. Chiroso can be quite aromatic when compared to Bourbon or Caturra, floral, bright, and tea-like.

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