Colombia Pantanos Finca Los Cauchos

Colombia Pantanos Finca Los Cauchos

Farm Description

Here's another single-producer lot from Luis Flores, his farm located in the Pantanos vereda of Timana, a hilly village not far above the main city. Luis's farm, Los Cauchos, sits between 1490 and 1750 meters, planted mostly in Caturra, with some Variedad Colombia as well. He processes coffee onsite with hand-crank pulper, fermentation for 2 days, and then drying on his rooftop. Pantanos sits at the base of a 2400 meter peak, and cool air flows down the mountainside, slowing down both coffee shrub maturation, and drying time. The Flores family also grow sugar cane and have an amazing old hand crank press that we got to use during a visit. The fresh cane juice has an amazing richness, triggering retronasal response to the unrefined nature or the sugars - an experience that leaves me sensing it in their coffee as well!

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

Grinding the coffee lets off a scent of butter cookie and semi-sweet cocoa powder. The sweetness of our City+ and FC roasts smells fully developed, and the wet grounds have a nice interplay of bittersweet, burned sugars and chocolate, a confectionary smell that reminds me of a tootsie roll! In the cup, we found City roasts to be a bit too light for our taste, yielding a profile on the grain/nut side of things (acidity is still nice). This is a dense coffee though, so perhaps lengthening the roast time will help better develop sweetness. At any rate, our City+ to Full City roasts showed like a completely different coffee - cane juice and honey, and well-integrated acidity that goes from red apple to iced tea. Dark cacao bar flavors are really trumped up in Full City roasts (which make for amazing espresso!), and there is a nice interplay between accents of cinnamon stick and a pear. The overall profile achieves great balance across the roast spectrum, intermingling of sweet and bittering tones, restrained fruit notes, and with a long, sweet finish.

Score

86.5

Lot Size

12 x 70 KG Bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ to Full City+

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Caturra    

Grade & Appearance

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

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Drying on the rooftop of Luis Alberto Flores

The Flores home from the front patio

Luis Alberto in the middle, Jamid to the right, pressing cane juice

Back at Finca Los Cauchos
 

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