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Colombia is having one of its best years in a long time, with a plentiful harvest, and a special attention to quality. This bag came in decorated with colors and "special microlot" stamped on it, and the coffee does not disappoint. It has both Fair Trade and Organic certifications which tend to be expensive to achieve in Colombia. Colombian coffee beans -- the really good lots -- tend to get lost amongst the millions of bags of ordinary beans, and the small farmers are doing what they can to stand out when they really have a good harvest. But what you have to remember with Colombia, is that it is still "normal" tasting coffee. What you get with high quality Colombian microlots is that they have more body, and they don't have any bad traits -- they aren't earthy, or defective, or overly bright, or sour, or rough tasting, or overly bland. But keep in mind that they are just Colombian coffee -- everyone will drink it, enjoy it, have another mug of it...
The Tolima growing region has become my favorite coffee region in Colombia for two reasons. 1- it consists of mostly small farmers with a passion for quality and minimal corruption. 2 -- the altitude is perfect for coffee. This farm grows coffee a whopping 5700 feet above sea level. Because these are small estates, and not co-ops, the farmers are paid for QUALITY, not QUANTITY. This makes a huge difference. With the right incentives, only perfectly ripe coffee is picked, the cherries are sorted carefully, they are processed carefully, you end up with a Colombian that's sweet and oh-so-drinkable without defects or off-tastes.
City Roast: get it through the first cracks and maybe another 20 seconds or so. If you like bright, nutty, Colombians, you will enjoy this. It tastes fresh, it makes your mouth feel alive. There are some buttery, savory notes at this level.
Full City, not quite into the 2nd cracks, I really enjoy the balance of acidity with body and flavor here and this is my sweet spot. Really nice mug of coffee (and this coming from someone who doesn't get too excited about Colombian coffee) There are some mild herbal notes, slight nuttiness, mild milk chocolate, and medium acidity. Overall sweetness, no bitterness, and clean aftertaste.
Now take it just into the 2nd cracks and it attaches a slightly bitter baking cocoa taste on the end -- which is very nice in its own way. If someone gave me a mug of this and said it was supposed to taste like this, I'd believe them and enjoy it.... but in truth, the cocoa taste is the slight beginning of over-roasting the bean. Anything darker than this and you just taste the roast, and not the origin.
This is our second year of buying this particular coffee. USA Arrival 11/2015
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