We just got back from Colombia, lining up the best crops and microlots from the 2018 harvest, but they won't be arriving here until at least October; and we needed a stop-gap for a few months until they arrive. So this is the stopgap bean. It is from the Tolima region, and it is neither a microlot nor estate coffee. It is a little bit earthy and generally bland, although one could easily do far worse. It's certainly drinkable, and we brought it in mostly to keep our Colombia blends alive. It is an above average Colombia, but not nearly as nice as the ones we usually have around.
The Tolima growing region has become one of my favorite coffee regions in Colombia for two reasons. 1- it consists of mostly small farmers with a passion for quality and minimal corruption. 2 -- the altitude is perfect for coffee. Anything too light will come off as being sour and tangy. My favorite landing point is Full City, not quite into the 2nd cracks, where you get full body, normal coffee flavor, slight acidity, slight earthiness. You can also take it quite dark (up to 40 seconds of 2nd cracks) for a french roast with cocoa undertones. It is an excelso bean, fairly well sorted with few defects, high altitude coffee.
It isn't going to win any awards, but man is it cheap! You get slightly more than you pay for with this bean!
USA Arrival 3/2018 (but we got it in 8/2018)
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