CColombia is making great strides in traceability, quality, and responsible farming. This microlot came from the Cauca region via the Asorcafe co-op. The Asorcafe was started 10 years ago with the goal of better maketing and pricing for their coffee in the global marketplace This bag came in decorated with the picture of Saint Anthony standing outside a chapel and is not entirely "typical" of a Colombia. It sold for a huge premium over generic Colombia, and the farmers directly received the premium for their attention to quality.
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 like this one.
My favorite roast of this is just at verge of 2nd cracks, not quite yet there. It's a smooth full flavored coffee. Very drinkable, as I sit here writing about it, I keep subconsciously draining my mug and reaching for a refill. If in doubt as to when to let the beans dump, lean towards a slightly lighter roast as opposed to a slightly darker one, so you don't lose the dried fruit notes rarely found in a South American bean.
It's not as fruity or complex as in previous years, but it does have that raisin/fig/brown sugar note going on, a lot of sweetness, no bitterness, clean aftertaste, good body. It's fairly ordinary, but in a good way, as in just a good traditional mug of coffee.
US Arrival March 2020
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