Colombia Tolima Herrera

Colombia Tolima Herrera

Farm Description

This is the fifth "edition" from small-farm selections in the Tolima department of Colombia. Tolima is one of our favorite coffee origins in Colombia, and the Tolima microlot offerings we evaluate through our Colombia farm gate program are some of our highest rated. Most of the lots are from Herrera and Rioblanco areas, a remote zone that is fairly difficult to access compared to other coffee areas. Part of the issue is that Tolima was one of the last active FARC areas where the conflict between the government, paramilitary and FARC continued. Sadly is is always the farmers who are held to the land who suffer. Still, we work the through local Cooperative called Asoceas to access their fantastic coffees, and have designated this blend as Tolima Herrera. The aromatics here are very complex and sweet. These are coffees that are really nice in the cup, but don't make the high standard for our Tolima farm-specific micro-lots. They are assembled into Tolima Herrera, aiming for brightness, balanced by complex deeper-toned flavors.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

Hints of hibiscus, almond, red apple and dark grape in the dry fragrance. Adding the hot water, the fruit has a slight winey aspect, warming spice, fig, grape and raisin. There is a nice panela sugar in the wet aroma, mole chocolate sauce, sweet beef bouillon. In the cup, lighter roasts have nut and golden raisin fruit with apple-like brightness. The finish has a pleasant tart, drying quality, a bit like apple skins. There are spices as well; cinnamon stick, clove. Caramel and spice linger as the cup cools, as well as orange spice tea. The body isn't heavy, but syrupy in mouthfeel to balance out the brighter aspects of the cup. Darker roasts have a nice balance and cool well, with lush chocolate notes and sultana raisin.

Score

86.6

Lot Size

40 70KG Bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ roast through Full City works well.

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Bourbon     Caturra     Typica    

Grade & Appearance

.0 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Rio Saldana at Herrera, Tolima

Newerly at the cupping lab, ASOCEAS Coop

Farmers at ASOCEAS Cooperative warehouse
 

Comments

#1 Always so happy to have this

Always so happy to have this coffee on offer. the warm cup showed some soft melon sweetness in the C+ roast that became more strawberry-like as the cup cooled. Black cherry in the FC roast. Both roasts finish with caramel and spice, a bit more spice in the FC.

#2 Excellent

Ordered some last night, looking forwards to trying it out.

#3 tasting beyond cupping

Cupped some coffees that I had roasted to Full City yesterday. This coffee didn't perform as well on the cupping table at FC as it had at City roast, was still nice with some cocoa and cola notes, but a little overwhelmed by the roast. I brewed a clever cup of it this morning and the cup was one of the most complete clever brews that I had ever had. Buttery body with cocoa, cola, and spice. As it cooled it had a potent cherry note through the whole cup with a pleasantly brisk tea like finish. Just goes to show you how you can't just rely on cupping to show you everything a coffee can do.

#4 Espresso

Been pulling shots of this all day, roasted on 8/16, well short of 2nd crack. This is a great SO, like rum soaked raisins, very nice.

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