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Colombia La Union

Colombia La Union

This is an offering from a small FTO co-op in the Narino region called La Union, situated right on the border of Ecuador. The coffee is grown at 3000-4000 foot altitude under full shade. It is all of the single varietal Caturra.

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. This is an example of a Colombian coffee that is far above average quality. When you have passionate farmers, one varietal, one harvest -- nothing to muddle the flavors -- you end up surprised at how nice a Colombian coffee can really be.

My favorite roast of this is just at verge of 2nd cracks. It has a juicy body and honey sweetness. A tangy, citrusy undertone and a little lime, a little vanilla, a little tropical fruit. If you hand this cup to me and don't tell me what it is, I don't think Colombia is my first guess. We've just been drinking it as coffee, but it seems to work nicely in espresso as well. The tangy citrus carries through in the espresso and makes a nice shot. You can also roast it dark (45 seconds of 2nd cracks) to get a nice french roast.

USA arrival February 2021

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