Colombia Huila Buena Vista

Colombia Huila Buena Vista

Farm Description

This coffee represents a blend that is made up of some of the better lots that we cupped from the Huila area. In general, if a high scoring lot is larger that 5 bags, we will try to keep it separate in order to highlight the coffee from a single farmer. But often we cup an abundance of great coffees from a particular region that are much too small to separate, so instead we have them blended at the mill and offer it as a blended lot from a single region. Such is the case for this lot, and we're very pleased with the resulting flavor profile. Huila is a unique part of Colombia in that coffee can be grown at extremely high altitudes due to the climate that is a result of being in close proximity to the Equator. The small farms in the are are planted mostly in Caturra, and are situated in the highlands. Processing is simple, and utilities rudimentary, but quite efficient when done cleanly as this lot exemplifies.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

Buena Vita is a versatile coffee that remains candy-sweet across the roast spectrum. The aromatic profile of the dry grounds are sweetened with honey, and a smell of vanilla wafer cookies. Dark roasts have a pine tar scent that is very sweet with lots of dark honey and clove. Adding hot water brings up the smell of floral sugar in the steam, along with praline, raw almond, brown sugar, and oatmeal cookie with raisin. The sweetness is bolstered at Full City level in both aromatics and cup quality. Light roasts are loaded with raw honey, and with a flavor similar to candy corn. Darker roasts have a lactic note of fresh whipping cream with caramel, and with a confectionary sugar sweetness that is like coffee nib candies. The finish really reminds me of what you'd expect from coffee that has cream and sugar in it - I mean this in the best of ways! There's a slight tea-drying effect in the finish, which is surrounded by flavors of toasted sugar and chocolate milk. City roasts are nice, but I found that City+/Full City roasts really bring out this coffee's potential sweetness. This is definitely a great option for SO espresso.

Score

87.5

Lot Size

18 x 70kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ to Full City is ideal to capture the depth of sweetness.

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Caturra    

Grade & Appearance

Excelso / .0 d/300gr, 15+ screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Comments

#1 Dan Wood in Lab on this stellar Colombia

Heard from Dan who's swimming in samples right now about how this did on the cupping table today. Here's what he had to say:

I wanted to take another look at this Colombia offering. We're now well outside the window of fresh arrivals from Colombia and it's become harder and harder for folks to find solid offerings from this region. Thankfully we originally went "long" in this area, but even so, are now down to this final lot.

This coffee is cupping strong as ever. I roasted a sample yesterday to the edge of City+ and the sweetness and body still take "center stage". Aromatically, there is much in the way of honey and spices, like cinnamon and mace. The aromatic profile definitely sets the tone for the cup to come.

I think in general, the coffees we've brought in from Huila this year have been so complete and balanced, which this lot exemplifies. And when I say "balanced" I mean in big proportion - big sweetness, big fruits, big body, but not over the top. It's just the right amount of saturation. This coffee could easily be what you drink on a daily basis or that sweet treat that is served after dinner. The sugars really develop with roast and it is a great dual-purpose brew/espresso option.

Colombian coffees are quite dense, and the processing on these particular lots was very good, with low moisture content and water activity. This of course helps them withstand much of the negative impacts on cup profile that come along with longer term storage.

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