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Blackberry, Earl Grey tea, plum, and a jasmine grace note. Unique heirloom caturra, thick fruited sweetness, and brisk tea-like acidity. A standout brewed cup. City to Full City.
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Another of the coffees we purchased from a small farmer group in Urrao, a region new to us this year. The farms in this area have incredible altitude, the valley floor at 1800 meters, and all of the farms we're buying from starting at 1900 meters. This particular lot is from a single producer, "Vargas", who is growing what we've come to know as an heirloom Caturra. You see a lot of this particular variety in the area, passed from one neighbor to the next, and as far as we can tell it seems to be a regression of Caturra that's been grown and then propagated locally. The seed is elongated and narrow, much like Typica, and the cup tends to have floral jasmine and black tea characteristics. This farm is planted only in the heirloom cultivar, about 3,000 trees on a single hectare of land. The altitude at Vargas's farm is just over 2000 meters, and fermentation times for this washed coffee are about 24 hours, on the slightly long side due to the cold water and temperature in the region. Vargas is part of a small group of farmers we are buying from in this region, a project you can read more about here.
The fragrance and cup are quite unique, floral and black tea qualities that we don't expect from Caturra. The ground coffee and wet aroma show a fair amount of fruit character too, plum and berry notes that we've come to think of as synonymous with much of the coffee we're buying from the region. But it's jasmine and Earl Grey top notes that make this coffee unique. Fruit smells really come to fore when adding hot water, and the first sips of hot coffee reveal flavors of ripe stone fruit, and berry filling. There's a balanced bittersweetness beneath, baker's cocoa and raw sugars. The cooling cup reveals a beautiful jasmine flower top note too, as well as spiced black tea notes that linger in the finish. Acidity is also very tea-like, along the lines of the briskness found in iced black teas. At Full City roast level, plum and blackberry flavors gain momentum, fading to cocoa powder in the aftertaste. At a range of City to Full City, this lot from Vargas is a standout cup of coffee, perfect for a special pour-over or small-batch brew.