Colombia Tolima Florestales -Maximinio Gutierrez April 2010
This lot is a family effort, as small-farm coffees so often are; Maximinio Gutierrez and the adjacent farms of his brothers and sons. They call it Finca Las Florestales, and it has already been recognized with a #11 spot in a recent Cup of Excellence competition. The cup has tons of sweet berry (City roast level), strawberry jam initially, with a more blended berry as the cup cools (raspberry-strawberry mixed). The apple pie/apple pastry taste emerges as well, with a detectable cinnamon accent. It's a very refined cup, and I would say the brightness, the acidity is especially graceful and succinct. It also has the cumulative effect of being remarkably juicy, no doubt an effect of the berry notes and the sweetness. City to City+ roast.