Caramel sweet overtone, notes of apples baked with cinnamon and brown sugar, elegant green apple acidity and spiced finish. Bittersweet chocolate with darker roast development. City to Full City. Nice espresso.
|Region||Buesaco, Nariño, Cauca|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Dried, Covered|
|Arrival date||October 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||70 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Caturra, Variedad Colombia, Typica|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 15+ Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
This is a blend made up from the coffees of roughly a dozen small producers just outside Buesaco town, in Colombia's Nariño Department. We put this blend together after cupping a high volume of samples at the coffee aliance they belong to in Buesaco town, the goal being to separate out any coffees that score 86 points and above, which at a minimum insures the producer a premium that's 50% higher than the association's going rate (in this case of coffees we score micro-lot, the producer is paid a little more than twice the standard price). The local coffee association is a new venture started by two brothers who stepped out on their own to offer a more direct and transparent option than some of the local competitors. Association membership is growing, and we tasted some truly impressive coffees when cupping at their warehouse on our last visit. Farms are typically planted in Caturra and Variedad Colombia (F4 and F6 types), grown at altitudes between 1700 and 2000 meters, and each contributing lot in this batch are fully washed.
At City roast level, the dry fragrance is enmeshed with dark caramel and spiced raisin smells, almond brittle candy with a dusting of cinnamon. At a shade more development, there's a complex dark fruited accent that's like dried stone fruit and blends in nicely with a core bittersweetness. The wet aroma smells sweet with cooked fruits, plum reduction and pineapple upside down cake are what came to mind. The flavors at City and City+ revolve around a caramel sweet overtone, like caramelizing sugars, and the cup opens up to a layered flavor of apples baked with cinnamon and brown sugar and a complex spiced finish. An acidic impression leaves a touch of elegance on the brew, like the juice of green apple. Taking the roast to Full City adds in a ribbon of cacao/chocolate bar, bittersweet and dominant, accompanied by hints of dark berry. Full City roasts are delicious as espresso, and pack dark chocolate syrup, plump fruit and baking spice into a bittersweet shot with a long finish.