Colombia Inza Veredas Vecinas

Colombia Inza Veredas Vecinas

Farm Description

This blend of coffee from Inzá is made up from the producers of neighboring towns, or "Veredas" as they're called in Colombia. Hence the name, "Veredas Vecinas", or "neighboring towns". The province of Inzá is located in Southwestern Colombia within the greater Department of Cauca. As you make the drive from La Plata to Inzá, you follow the Rio Paez, and an eventual crossing over a suspension bridge lands you on the road to the the villages whose coffees make up this blend. Like much of Colombia, Cauca is home to some very high altitude farms, many breaching the 2000 meter mark, the coffee from this lot harvested from an altitude range of about 1500 to 2000 meters. The way we make up these regional blends is by cupping several samples from the individual farms, separating out those that meet a certain cup criteria, and then blending them together. It's a great benefit to us (and not to mention the cup) having this level of quality control with our Colombian blends. This is a wet-processed coffee, most farmers using old style hand-cranked pulpers, fermenting and washing in the same tank (the first pic is of a dual-use tank), and then drying out on raised, covered beds. Most farms have a healthy amount of Caturra planted, as well as some Timor hybrids (like Variedad Colombia and Tabi) in response to the major leaf rust outbreak in the 1980's.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

The dry fragrance has more than it's share of brown sugar sweetness all the way up to Full City (and probably beyond), that with an accent of vanilla bean, gives off an impression of baked goods. The wet crust has panela sugar smell at City+ roast, clean and sweet, and releases a honey-wheat scent in the steam when breaking through the crust. City roasts show a persistent sweetness in the hot coffee, going from unrefined to pectin sugar flavors as you progress through the cup. A clean brown sugar sweetness underscores the cup, and light fruit accents of pear and apple come through in low volume as the cup temperature cools off a bit. Full City sees an increase in dark chocolate tones as you might expect, and body is heavy, a milky weight on the palate. Wonderful at a wide range of roasts, and for those who desire a Colombian espresso option, expect chocolate syrup and berry tones, viscous mouthfeel, and bittersweetness that endures.

February 2018 Arrival

Score

86.2

Lot Size

34 x 70 kg bags

Roast Recommendations

Versatile, City+ to Full City+

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Caturra     Typica     Variedad Colombia    

Grade & Appearance

Estate; .6 d/300gr, 15-17 screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Available in 50 pound GrainPro packages for $210.00 ($4.20/pound) and in 100 pound GrainPro packages for $405.00 ($4.05/pound). Note that 100 pound bags must ship freight. Also available as a 300g sample.
Sampling FAQs

The massive valley of Inzá de Cauca

Parchment drying on the local basketball court in La Palmera de Inzá

There was heavy flowering on our October 2015 trip

Old hand-crank pulper, no longer in use
 

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