Fruited over a wide roast range, turbinado sugar sweetness, baked apple, pear, and a tart top note of nectarine. Aromatic baking spices and brilliant apple-like acidity. City to Full City+.
|Region||China Alta + Machín, Ibagué, Tolima|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Covered Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||April 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||70 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Caturra, Variedad Colombia, Typica|
|Appearance||.7 d/300gr, 15+ Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City+|
Ibagué is Tolima's capital city, and at half a million residents, is quite sizable. It's not a particularly high altitude city (1200+ meters), but you don't have to travel far outside of city's center to reach high grown coffee. The coffees in this lot are from the outlying areas of Machín and China Alta that lie just west and north of the city. The farmers whose coffees we purchased belong to local coffee associations where they sell their coffee and receive benefits in the form of agronomical and business support. We obtained this coffee through a buying project of an intermediary we work with who reach out to coffee cooperatives/associations in areas where they've tasted good quality and then with the association's approval, offer to pay farmers a premium for the opportunity to separate out all of their coffees that meet a particular quality target. The coffees in Machín and China Alta are grown between 1850 and 1950 meters above sea level and the cultivars typically grown are Caturra and Variedad Colombia. Some of the farmers are mixing batches from up to a few days in the fermentation tanks, changing the water with each day's addition in order to keep the coffee from over fermenting. This is part of the reason the coffee is fruit forward for a wet-process coffee. We weren't able to visit last February, but judging from the samples we saw last harvest and based off of the quality of the two lots we did buy (we have a slightly larger lot from China Alta coming in the wings), we are eager to visit the associations and farmers during the main harvest in November/December.
This lot has a really nice spiced sweetness in the dry fragrance and wet aroma, clove and cinnamon powder notes highlight molasses sugars and a fruited sweetness underneath. Wetting the crust reveals even more of the fruited side, a scent of baked apple and brown sugar coming up in the steam. City roasts have an apple brilliance in the brewed coffee, a sturdy backbone for flavors to sort of hang on as the coffee temperature cools off some. The sweetness in the cup has elements of turbinado sugar, which gives way to fruited top notes of apple, pear and a hint of tart nectarine. There's a return to a spiced aroma too which caps this complex Colombia off nicely. My dark roast was darn near Full City+ and still displayed incredible sweetness that held up to any smokey roast tones. Fruits continue to play a big role in darker roasts too with a lasting impression of canned plum. I noted a couple full quakers in the 200 grams I roasted. But it would be a shame to let that minor detail deter you as this coffee has so much to offer.