Colombia Valle de Pavón -Los Palomos

Colombia Valle de Pavón -Los Palomos

Farm Description

Los Palomos is a farm run by Leonardo Henao, a man with a long history in coffee. He's spent many years working as a sort of liasón between farmers and exporters, and continues to do this type of work today. But this past year, Leo decided to make the jump to farmer as well, buying a few hectares in the heart of a region called Valle de Pavón, Urrao. As it stands, Los Palomos is planted in 2000 Caturra trees, really just 1 hectare of coffee. This will change very soon though as Henao is currently planting several different varietals such as tabi, gesha, moka, bourbon, and more. Having a background in agronomy (recently writing his thesis on fermentation practices) this is a testing ground of sorts, but with his primary focus on producing high caliber micro-lots for export, which after tasting this first harvest has us very, very excited. This highland region of Antioquia starts at 1800 meters on the valley floor, and coffee is planted at Los Palomos as high as 2100 meters. Cold water springs are plentiful, and make for slightly longer fermentation times. The coffees we're buying from this region are fruit-forward, due in part to the confluence of long fermentation times, high altitude, varietal, and climate. Rains persist throughout the year seeing coffee on the trees every 3 weeks or so. Because of this, like Inzá on the opposite side of the country, Urrao has two "peak" harvests instead of the common "main" and then the much smaller "fly" crops. This first lot from the 2000 trees of Los Palomos is a meager 300 LBS, and as such is being featured in 50 LB bags only.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

The coffee from Los Palomos is truly a treasure, and unlike the tiny lot-size, the profile is "big" in every sense of the word. The dry fragrance of City roasts is like plum jam, pear butter, and a multitude of herbal tea notes, while FC sets off fruit-forward characteristics, and wild honey sweetness. The wet aroma bears resemblance to fruit nectars, peach or even mango, really a heaping amount of clean fruit smells, and with a strong backing of honeyed sweetness. The fruit-forward characteristics found in the cup are of the tropical realm, mango and passion fruit, pineapple pastry. This coffee shows immense raw sugar and honey sweetness, a level necessary to balance out the array of fruit that it holds. The cooling cup is highlighted with gentle, floral hints, cardamom spice, and a lemon-herb touch that reminds me of an "aromatica" tea brewed from a commonly grown herb in Colombian gardens. The acidity is well-integrated, and a persistent citrus flavor adds to the overall effect. Even at FC this coffee blossoms with fruit-forward characteristics, and the deeper roast development adds a layer of chocolate richness to the equation. Pulling espresso with our FC roast produced an exciting shot, acidity much more bracing, and with a lingering flavor of fruited-cocoa and fresh ground cinnamon.

Score

90

Lot Size

2 x 70 KG bags

Roast Recommendations

City and City+ are so complex, FC too, just ushers in chocolate roast tones, and fruits of a darker hue

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Caturra    

Grade & Appearance

.2 d/300gr, 15+ screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Under the "carro" drying beds at Leo's farm

Leo and Fredy, a caretaker, standing in front of the monster-mingling caturra and mango trees!

Small washing station at Los Palomos

Looking out over Valle de Pavón region
 

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