Colombian farmers are really starting to pay attention to quality and discovering that higher quality equals higher prices for their crops.
The Santa Barbara Estate has a passion for quality. Because it is an estate, and not a co-op, 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, creamy, and oh-so-drinkable without defects or off-tastes. However, this is a Colombia that tastes like a Colombia. For some of my customers, that means this is too boring of a bean for you to bother with. For others of you, it means this is a "regular, normal coffee" and is exactly what you are looking for.
Because it is an estate, it is not eligible for "fair trade" certification, but the workers and farmers are well-taken care of, and paid above-fair-trade standards. The estate has also chosen not to pay for organic certification, but their dedication to environmental sustainability and care includes a commitment to grow coffee in organic, traditional methods.
This is a natural processed coffee and should be treated delicately. We stop the roast when the first cracks are finished. This gives us a light roasted fruity sweet coffee. It has a thick body and low acidity. The flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and watermelon are the most prominent. There is a slight earthiness in the aftertaste, but very slight. It's so subtle that you can pretend it isn't there.
US Arrival March 2023
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