Caramelizing sugar sweetness leads into layers of raw sugars, roasted almond, an elegant green apple note, pear, orange peel, and the finish is capped by a complex baking spice aroma. City to Full City. Good for espresso.
|Region||Buesaco, Nariño, Cauca|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Dried, Covered|
|Arrival date||September 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||70 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Caturra, Variedad Colombia, Typica|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 16-18 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 laced with dark caramel and almond smells, like candied nut bar, or almond brittle candy. With a shade more development, there's a fruited accent that's like a dark dried stone fruit, or raisin smell, and blends in nicely with a solid core bittersweetness. The wet aroma smells caramely sweet, a buttery dark caramel smell lifted from the wetted grounds. An unexpected cinnamon powder spice note highlights the cup, especially prominent in my City roast. The flavors up consist of caramelizing sugar sweetness that gives way to layers of raw sugars, roasted almond, and an elegant green apple note. Tart, fruited accent notes come through as the coffee cools down, flavors of pear and apple, and a light orange peel flavor that also accurately describes the mouthfeel, and the finish is capped by a return to complex baking spice aroma. Full City adds in a ribbon of bittering chocolate roast tone, that while it's particularly dominant when the coffee is hot, leaves plenty of room for caramelized sugar sweetness to edge it's way in as the coffee cools, building a balanced bittersweet undertone. Full City roasts are delicious as espresso, and packs dark chocolate syrup and baking spices into a bittersweet shot with a complex finish.