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. This one is a microlot from the Cual Bicicleta estate which is part of the COMSA Fair Trade Organic co-op. We also bought the estate's washed processed lot because it is always interesting to have the same bean processed two different ways and marvel at the difference processing makes. The farmer's name is Oscar Omar Alonzo and we try to purchase his coffee every year. This is the 5th year we've had it but really had to fight for it this year!
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 it's easy to accidentally burn it. 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 nice. 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 August 2021