Light roasts promise tea-like brilliance, molasses sweet tones, an aromatic woody note that comes off like the earth tone of cinnamon bark, and a background flavor of apple. City to City+.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Covered Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||March 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||70 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Caturra, Variedad Colombia|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 15+ screen|
|Roast/Brew Recommendations||City to City+|
|Roast Recommendations||City to City+ for most cup clarity|
The coffees we've bought from the Caicedo region in the past all shared fruited cup characteristics. Like neighboring coffee region to the west, Urrao, Caicedo has very high altitude, good shade from the shadow of the mountain slopes, and plenty of fresh water from healthy rainy seasons. Fermentation times tend to be longer in this area due to the cold weather, and is part of the reason for the uniquely fruited cups. This coffee was purchased through a local association in Caicedo of which the three producers whose coffees make up this lot are members. Their coffee is grown near 2000 meters above sea level, and the cultivars grown are Caturra, and Variedad Colombia. "Corredor de Las Alegrias" is the name of a natural park that connects the high páramo alpine forest with the inhabited areas on the outskirts of Caicedo town. You pass through Corredor de Las Alegrias on one of the roads that connects Caicedo to Urrao (aptly named the "Urrao-Caicedo" road), and which follows the Urrao-Caicedo river.
Las Alegrias has an interesting spiced profile in light roasts, City and City+ showing a mix of baking spice, spiced tea, and aromatic sugar smells and flavors. The fragrance has a perfumed cinnamon-spiced brown sugar smell to it, with a subtle rustic date sugar note, as well as a cedar chip accent. Brewing a City or City+ roast promises tea-like brilliance, the acidic impression subtle but structuring. As the cup cools off, more molasses sweet tones come up in the cup, as does an aromatic woody note that comes off like the earth tone of cinnamon bark. There is a fruited quality in the background that I'll describe as "apple", though not entirely easy to distinguish. Full City roasts are much more bittersweet, and less focused in my opinion. I recommend staying North of Full City.