Colombia La Milagrosa -Finca La Peña

Colombia La Milagrosa -Finca La Peña

Farm Description

This microlot is from Vereda La Milagrosa, a small village in the Department of Inzá, south Colombia. Don Campo's farm La Milagrosa is 4 hectares in total, all 13,000 trees Caturra. Like most farmers in this region, coffee is processed daily in small batches. Hand-crank depulping machines are used to remove the coffee cherry, then fermenting for 24 hours in order to break down the layer of mucilage covering the beans. Rains are very regular in this part of the country, a benefit being coffee flowering nearly all year round. It does, however, mean drying in a covered environment. "Parabolicos" are the covered drying rooms you see at everyone's farms, housing raised beds that with proper ventilation facilitate even drying. In effect, parabolic beds are a much gentler way of drying than direct sunlight, where often the protective layer of parchment is cracked due to rapid evaporation of moisture.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

Finca Le Peña is a solid and clean smelling cup, both City and Full City roasts displaying a broad sweetness of raw and molasses-type sugars. Our lightest roasts possess an enticing cinnamon stick and powdered ginger smell as well as a spiced cocoa element. The wet aroma is loaded with developed sugar smells verging on caramel sauce, and a nice panela-sugar scent is released when breaking the crust (panela is fresh cane juice heat-reduced and solidified into sugar). This coffee has many of the elements I associate with this part of Southern Colombia: Dense sweetness, big body, malic to tartaric acidity, and of course, cleanliness. The acidity is near refreshing, which I realize is not a great "coffee" term, but the sort of grape to apple-like brightness provides great cup-structure as well as a mouth cleansing quality in the finish. The sugary aspects keep bittering tones well in balance, and share similarities in flavor to honey and fresh squeezed cane juice. A complex blend of mulling spices highlight the cup, drawing out a cider-like note in the finish. An exceptional brewed coffee, this will also work great as a single-origin espresso.

Score

88

Lot Size

12 x 70 kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City to Full City for brewed coffee, and on up to Full City+ max for espresso

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Caturra    

Grade & Appearance

Estate; .6 d/300gr, 15+ screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Don Campo, at his Finca La Peña

Looking out over Valle de Cauca

Raking over drying parchment

 

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