Refreshing flavor of apple juice, pear, golden plum replete with tart skins, along with a vibrant malic acidity. Flavors of cocoa come out in the finish and the coffee has a central sweetness throughout. The body is nectar-like, and with caramel sugar and malt chocolate syrup at darker roast levels. Great SO espresso. City to Full City+
The Guerra family are 3rd generation coffee farmers in the Antioquia Departemento in the central region of Colombia. Their farm, "Las Mercedes", is on the large side (around 150 hectares for coffee alone), and is split into several plots, which are even then broken down into separate lots within the plot. It gets a little confusing, but for instance, La Gallineta (this coffee) is from the plateau of Plot #10. There are many plots and lots, and needless to say, it can be quite a chore to keep track of all this separation. So they're enlisted the help of a local cooperative to make sure lots are separated (as well as with exporting), and then tagged so they can be traced back to that particular part of the farm. This is quite a system, and of course affords the buyer an opportunity to taste the different levels of quality coming out of the various farm sectors. La Gallineta is comprised entirely of Caturra. It's fully washed, fermented for 15 hours, and then sun-dried. We picked up another lot from a different part of the farm as well, and they're cup profiles are quite divergent. We'll have some up a little later in the Spring.
This coffee has a structured sweetness in the cup that is alluded to throughout the aromatic profile. There's a smell of butter cookies in the ground coffee, with a culmination of butter and unrefined sugar. This sweetness is found in both light and darker roasts, along with dried fruits like apple and plum. The wet aroma also has a sort of cookie smell to it, most like butterscotch brownie. Breaking the crust reveals notes of dried stone fruits, and maple candy. This coffee is truly candy sweet, and the cup boasts heaping doses of buttery caramel and honey. Light roasts have a refreshing flavor of apple juice, golden plum replete with the tart skin, and also vibrant, malic acidity. Flavors of cocoa also come about and are especially present in the already sweet finish. Even at Full City, this coffee's sweetness is like fruit nectar - thick and syrupy, and with caramel sugar and malt chocolate. This is a full bodied cup of coffee, and at Full City and beyond, this makes a fantastic SO espresso - viscous, chocolatey, and with a apple juice-like brightess.