The COMSA FTO co-op has a few thousand farmers, and they all pool their coffee together and get paid well for their contributions to the harvest. but the quality each year was declining as more and more farmers joined the co-op, so COMSA started a cupping competition to improve quality. The farmers with the winning coffee get to sell their coffee as a microlot at auction. So for the past three years, we've been buying some of the winning coffees instead of buying from the general pool. They are quite a bit more expensive, but they are traceable back to the exact farmer, and they are rewarding high quality, and they are great coffees.
This is a natural processed coffee, and was rated 89 points and tastes amazing. The first cracks start late and last much longer than you would expect. So we actually are breaking the rules and pulling the coffee out of the roaster before the cracks end, and it's not creating a raw or sour taste. If you wait until they finish, the coffee will look a little bit darker then you expect, but still tastes light. In the lightest roasts you notice the watermelon, black cherry, and a chocolate finish. In slightly darker roasts, savory tastes of sweet grain, ripe tomato, and dark chocolate turn into sweet tastes of cherry. Because it has both the savory and sweet components, this coffee is particularly interesting to drink and altogether pleasant. It has a medium body and fruity aroma. One of our favorite coffees every summer.
US Arrival June 2017
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