Persistent sweetness, a framework of unrefined sugary flavors like light brown sugar, raw panela and toffee, raisin and roasted almond accents, and deep chocolate flavors with roast development. City to Full City+. Good espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Covered Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||October 2019 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 blend of coffee from Inzá is made up from the producers of neighboring towns, or "veredas" as they're called in Colombia. Hence the name, "Veredas Vecinas", or "neighboring towns". The province of Inzá is located in Southwestern Colombia within the greater Department of Cauca. As you make the drive from La Plata to Inzá, you follow the Rio Páez, and an eventual crossing over a suspension bridge lands you on the road to the villages where we buy coffee. Like much of Colombia, Cauca is home to very high altitude farms, many above the 2000 meter mark. The coffee from this lot harvested from an altitude range of about 1500 to 2000 meters. The way we make up these regional blends is by cupping several samples from the individual farms, separating out those that meet a certain cup criteria, and then blending them together. It's a benefit to us (and not to mention the cup) having this level of quality control with our Colombian blends. This is a wet-processed coffee, most farmers using old style hand-cranked pulpers, fermenting and washing in the same tank (the first pic is of a dual-use tank), and then drying out on raised, covered beds. Most farms have a healthy amount of Caturra planted, as well as some Timor hybrids (like Variedad Colombia and Tabi) in response to the major leaf rust outbreak in the 1980's.
The dry fragrance has more than its share of brown sugar sweetness all the way up to Full City (and probably beyond), that with an almond accent, gives off impressions of sweet, baked goods. The wet crust has a smell like oatmeal cookies at City+ roast, baked sugar sweetness along with subtle dried fruit accents in the steam when breaking through the crust. City+ roasts show persistent sweetness in the brewed coffee too. The cooling cup constructs a framework of unrefined sugary flavors like light brown sugar, raw panela and toffee, lightly marked by raisin and roasted almond accents in the finish. Full City sees an increase in dark chocolate tones as you might expect and body is heavy, a milky weight on the palate. Veredas Vecinas has been a trusted, custom built, small producer blend for us (made up of several individual, small-producer lots we select), versatile in roast and brew methods. For those who desire a Colombian espresso option, expect chocolate syrup and a surprising berry tone not sensed in the cup, along with viscous mouthfeel and bittersweetness that endures.