Berry aroma, flavor accents of orange and lime zest, winey grape, and citric vibrance. Cacao nibs and dark chocolate bar flavors when roasted darker. City to Full City+.
|Region||Caicedo and Urrao, Antioquia|
|Drying Method||Covered Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||April 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||70 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Caturra, Variedad Colombia, Typica|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 15-17 screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City+; lighter and brighter cup character in City/City+|
The municipalities of Urrao and Caicedo are essentially neighbors, with barely 30 KM separating the two. The road that travels between the two is aptly named, "Urrao-Caicedo", which follows a small creek ("arroyo") called Chuscal. It's a beautiful road that winds through pasture lands, much too high for coffee, and road and stream seem inextricably tied as they meander through the lush grasslands from one town to the next. The coffees that make up this custom blend are from small producers in both regions who all belong to the same Antioquian coffee association Coop de SALGAR. SALGAR has warehouse and dry milling facilities throughout the coffee growing areas where members deliver their parchment coffee for sale, and where it is eventually consolidated into blends and prepared for export. We've partnered with an intermediary in Medellin (not far from this area), who with the permission of the coop have started the process of identifying farmers who consistently produce high quality coffee, and then pay a hefty premium in order to separate out for us and other clients. In most cases, farmers are being paid a little more than one and a half times going rate at the coop, and the top tier are earning twice the normal price. Now going on 4 years, the number of producers who are part of the program has ballooned from a couple dozen, to more than 100 between the two locations. This is a fully washed coffee, usually handled on home-processing machinery, fermented in tanks, and dried in covered drying rooms. The dominant cultivars grown are Caturra, and Variedad Colombia, and altitude ranges from 1800 meters to 2100 meters.
Arroyo Chuscal offers some serious bang for your buck. The score is modest, I know, but we're impressed by the fruited qualities that are exhibited in this small lot from the North. The smells are sweet and fruited, elements of dried dark fruits coming through at City and City+. When roasted on the light end of the spectrum, the cup proffers delicious wine-like dark grape notes in the background, along with orange and lime zest, and bracing acidity enhances a citrus-like counterpoint. Full City roasts have an unrefined chocolate flavor, that resembles high % dark cacao bar with roasted nib chunks, and moves into darker fruit hits, and a bittersweet finish. There is a murkiness in flavor definition, but it hardly detracts from the complexity within.