Colombia Peaberry Los Caracoles del Sur

Colombia Peaberry Los Caracoles del Sur

Farm Description

Because this is a collection of peaberry coffee from two Colombian departments (states) we felt at liberty to have a little fun with the name. I told someone it was from Huilima but there is no Huilima; that's just Huila and Tolima combined. So we just called it "del Sur" since it is from the southern parts of these departments. Caracoles is the name for peaberry beans in Colombia, which means "snails"! It's comic, yet look at a peaberry and clearly it shares much in form with a snail shell. Peaberry is a small percentage of all coffees, 3-5% at most, and when it is screened out from the flat beans at the mill, it can take a long time to collect enough for a true exportable lot. Since the Colombia farms we work with are so small, this would mean just a couple kilos of peaberry from each. So this is the collected peaberry from San Augustin and Pitalito in the Huila department, and Herrera and Planadas in the Tolima department. I wasn't sure how it would cup out initially, since it the nature of it is not a lot you can "build" by approving each of the ingredient coffees. But I tend to like the density of peaberries and their brightness. If they are sourced from great flatbean lots, they tend to be great as well. And that's the case here, judging from the cup.

Cupping Notes

The cup has a compact set of flavors, tenor-toned, even in the lighter roasts. The fragrance from the dry grounds has a dark sweetness, ripe plum-prune fruit, with baked brown bread sweetness, and an interesting savory (tamari) aspect too. Dark caramel sauce marks the wet aroma from the cup, with strong fudge notes in the Full City roast level. The fruits are winey, Merlot grape in the aroma, with cinnamon bark accent. The cup has a sweet caramel malt roast taste, brown beer sweetness, mission fig fruit, and a creamy mouthfeel. There is a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon, which dry on the palate in the aftertaste. The body seems syrupy but not long-lasting as the coffee passes over the palate; but this effect pairs well with the flavors in the finish. It has very soft milk chocolate sweetness at Full City, but it seems less dimensional than the lighter roast levels. I find that with a relatively light surface appearance, this coffee has a darker roast character. I would err on the side of lighter color, and more ruddy surface texture with this coffee to maintain brightness and fruit notes in the cup. I have never used Colombia much in espresso, and don't really think of it much with peaberries either, but man, this is a great SO espresso! It's like sweet plum syrup and caramel sauce - exceptional!



Lot Size

40 bags

Roast Recommendations

City to City+ has the most dynamic cup, and a darker roast tone than one might expect. Full City has a rounded mouthfeel, but seems less dynamic and complex


Wet Process


Caturra     Typica    

Grade & Appearance

.2 defects per 300 grams, 15-17 PB Screen


Shipped in GrainPro, vacuum packed at our warehouse
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Coffee cherry in El Gigante, Southern Colombia

Coffee flower blooming in San Augustin, Huila

View of coffee lands in South Huila


#1 Nice aroma

The aroma really stands out on this one. Lots of sweet caramel.

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