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.
This is the only natural processed Colombian I've seen on the marketplace, but it is a success and this is our second straight year of purchasing it. I would rank this as being on par with a nice microlot natural from Costa Rica or Honduras -- but not as expensive.
US Arrival April 2017
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