Colombia "Los Pijaos de Tolima" (3-Star)

Lighter roasts have fresh fruit, nectarine, apricot, raisin in the finish, light brown sugar, dry finish. City+ to Full City
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  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region South America
Farm Gate Yes
Grade Estate
Appearance .0 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City: Darker levels are good, but more straight-forward chocolaty, whereas the really, really light city roast was unpleasant.
Weight 1 LB
Tolima is one of my favorite coffee origins in Colombia, and the Tolima microlot offerings we evaluate through our Colombia Farm Gate program are some of my highest rated. Most of the lots are from Planadas area, a remote zone that is difficult to access. Part of the issue is that Tolima is one of the last active FARC areas where the conflict between the government and the rebels continue, and sadly is is always the land-beholden farmers who suffer. Still, we work through Apcejor Cooperative to access their fantastic coffees, and have designated our specially crafted blend as "Los Pijaos de Tolima" in tribute to the indomitable tribe that held the area before colonization. (It's also the nickname for the well-regarded Desportes Tolima soccer team). The aromatics here are sweet, clean and vibrant, which I attribute to the fact this we pay extra to have this coffee vacuum-packed at origin. It's also one of our 3-Star lots, meaning that I "built" this coffee by cupping many small individual farm lots, some as small as 40 or 50 kilos, then assembled the Los Pijaos based on cup profile. Dry fragrance has malted wheat, caramel-chocolate confectionary smells, bittering to a baker's chocolate character at FC roast. In the wet aroma, dried fruits (raisin, prune, apricot) are evident, light brown sugar, and some Concord grape juice in the dark roast. Lighter roasts of Los Pijaos have layers of fruit, nectarine and apricot turning to raisiny sweetness in the finish. It seems that as this coffee hits 2nd crack, it becomes very chocolaty (nicely so) but at the cost of the fruit aspects. (Also of note, the lightest city roast was underwhelming and oddly sharp: You need to hit the C+ to FC roast range here). The fruits are both sweet and fresh, with a well-honed bright edge, nice texture (think of the slight astringency of an apricot), and a mildly drying finish.