Colombia is making great strides in traceability, quality, and responsible farming. This microlot came from the Cauca region (subregion Risaraldo) and was sorted aside for the sweetest, cleanest, crispest taste with defect free beans of large size. It sold for a 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 among 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. This is a Supremo lot, which means they sorted out the larger beans (as opposed to the slightly smaller Excelso).
My favorite roast of this is just at verge of 2nd cracks, not quite yet there. It's a smooth full flavored coffee with a lot going on in it. We note tastes of nuttiness, slight cherry caramel, not much bitterness, bright, creamy mouthfeel, overall sweetness. Very drinkable -- I like this not just as a Colombia, but I like it as a mug of coffee in general. However, you can take it a couple cracks into 2nd cracks and smooth it out -- sweeter, not as bright, and chocolate-cherry flavor profile. Both really nice examples of a mug of Colombia.
USA arrival: March 2019.
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