Fruited sweetness prevails at City and City+, apple juice-like flavors accenting balanced bittersweetness central to this coffees flavor matrix. Fruit juice highlights, citrus, apple, and even slight passion fruit aftertaste. Tart huckleberry acidic impression. City to City+.
|Drying Method||Patio Dried, Covered|
|Arrival date||February 2018|
|Cultivar Detail||Caturra, Variedad Colombia, Typica, Tabi|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 15-17 screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to City+ for brightest, complex cups|
"Grupo de Caicedo" is a custom regional blend made up of a handful producers in the region of Caicedo, Antioquia. Working in concert with our sourcing partners in Medellin, we're helping build out a microlot project centered around one of the local associations in Caicedo town. This part of Western Antioquia is home to several highland communities, situated in the mountainous hillsides of the Cordilleras de los Andes. Caicedo town itself rests at a high altitude of 1800 meters, and many of the producer members of the association have coffee planted 1900+ meters above sea level. The way these programs work is, the cooperative allows us use of their lab facilities where we are able to roast and cup samples being delivered by the various farmer members. We then separate out all coffee that meets a minimum quality target, and of those coffees, separate into final quality tiers each with an associated premium attached that goes to the farmer. Last season, farmers were paid over 2x the going rate that they would receive had they sold their coffee to the cooperative. All of their coffee has a home though, and those that do not meet our quality target, are then bought and sold by the association. This is a fully washed coffee, usually handled on home-processing machinery, fermented in tanks, and dried in covered drying rooms. That last part is imperative as being so close to the rainforest of Chocó, this area sees a lot of wet weather. This coffee is a blend of cultivars, mostly Caturra and Variedad Colombia, as well as Typica and Tabi mixed in.
The dry fragrance has perfumed sugar smells, like fresh caramel, and raw cane juice. My lightest roast somewhere between City and City+ had fruited accents too when ground, like banana bread with raisins. The wet aroma also offers glimpses of fresh baked sweet breads, caramelizing sugar smells lifted in the steam, and a caramel pudding smell when breaking the crust. The cup shows a fruited sweetness at this roast level, apple juice-like flavor accenting balanced bittersweetness that is central to this coffees flavor matrix. The cool cup boasts fruit juice highlights, like a citrus juice blended with apple, and even slight passion fruit allusion in the aftertaste. There's a pleasing tartness too at City/City+ that gives the acidic impression of huckleberry. And top notes aside, what's at this coffee's core is balance of sugary sweetness and tannic bittering qualities that do a lot to anchor the cup. More roast development will surely indulge this bittersweet side, but I personally enjoy the cup complexity that comes at the lighter end of the roast spectrum.