Colombia Familia Guerra - La Isla

Fruit-forward cup with notes of Comice pear, honey tangerine, white grape juice, and plum jam. There's a structured sugar sweetness too, like simple syrup. City to City+ roasts are very complex, and with acidity that lies somewhere between pear and apple juice. Dark roasts harness more roast flavors and develop a cocoa powder, chocolate note, but still remain very complex and fruited. Body is also definitely bolstered with roast. Great dual-use Colombia. City to Full City.
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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Caturra Types
  • Farm Gate No
Region South America
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-dried
Arrival date Mar 24 2014
Lot size 40bags/boxes
Bag size 70.00kg
Packaging GrainPro liner
Cultivar Detail Caturra
Grade Excelso
Appearance .2 d/300g; 15+ screen
Roast Recommendations City to Full City, this one's versatile in the roaster.
Weight 1 LB
Recommended for Espresso Yes
The Guerra family are 3rd generation coffee farmers in the Antioquia Departemento in the central region of Colombia. Their farm, "Las Mercedes", is on the large side (around 150 hectares for coffee alone), and is split into several plots, which are even then broken down into separate lots within the plot. Sound confusing? Well, for instance, one of the coffees we picked up from them this year came from a plateau within one particular lot#. La Isla is from another part of the farm, and the small area is perched at about 1700 meters, and planted entirely in Caturra. The Guerra family is working with a local cooperative to help them with ensuring that lots are not only kept separate through the processing stages, but also properly identified in order to retain provenance within the rather large farm. It's a big job, but in the end gives the buyer an opportunity to taste the different levels of quality coming out of the various farm sectors.
Wow, the dry grounds really set the tone for what has turned out to be one of the more exciting Colombia coffees we brought in this year. Light roasts have a big scent of honey and florals, with sweet fruit notes like raspberry, white grape, and Valencia oranges. The wet aromatics are so sweet and bold, with floral honey and allusions to ripening stone fruit. There's a real retronasal response to be experienced here, you can nearly taste honey, butterscotch, and tropical fruit candies when breaking through the crust. The cup is very fruit-forward, with notes of Comice pear, honey tangerine, white grape juice, and plum jam. There's a structured sugar sweetness too, like simple syrup. City to City+ roasts are very complex, and with acidity that lies somewhere between pear and apple juice. Dark roasts harness more roast flavors and develop a cocoa powder, chocolate note, but still remain very complex and fruited. Body is also definitely bolstered with roast, and Full City roasts as espresso are extremely creamy, with thick sweetness, and with a tart cranberry-like acidic 'pop' (and this was a pretty fast pull!). Great dual-use Colombia.