La Union is a town in Narino, in the heart of coffee country. The hills all around are heavily planted in coffee, and La Union has mills for processing the coffees. This lot is part of our direct trade Farm Gate program, where we select individual small-farm micro-lots, select the best, and build a blend based on flavor profiles. The fact we have these special lots of coffee vacuum packed rather than traditional jute bag shipping makes a big difference. The arrivals are so much fresher, and the cup character more vibrant. We call this our 3-Star level, one notch below an individual separated lot. Narino coffees are sweet and balanced, and I feel this certified Organic selection has that Narino flavor profile in abundance. The dry fragrance has a real "milk chocolate biscuit" flavor, even in the lighter roasts. It reminds me of the old chocolate wafer cookies. It also has malt smells as well, and honey sweetness. The mellow, malty chocolate theme is evidenced in the wet aromatics too; it's a very attractive cup, if not aromatically a bit simple. The cup flavors have (as you might guess) soft chocolate flavor and milky texture. There's honey flavors, and almond roast taste in the lighter roast levels, City+. The acidity is mild here, softer than other Narino coffees, giving this lot a pleasant, rounded character overall. In the finish is some slight tannic tightness that provides a good counterpoint to the mild sapid flavors. It's a good selection for those who want the sweetness of a Central with less aggressive acidity.