Monte Verde is the farm owned by Newerly Gutierrez, a family name we have long missed at Sweet Maria's. We've bought several micro-lots from his uncle Maximino and Maximino's father Oscar in previous years. The farm is located in Herrera, Tolima, and the Gutierrez family has been cultivating standout coffees at high elevations in the area. Newerly and his father, Gidardo, have invested in new varietals for Monte Verde growing moka, wush wush, and gesha - all three will be featured over the coming month. This moka is 13 screen - tiny - and probably not suitable for roasting in a grid drum (i.e. Behmor) roasters. It's also a mere 20 KG, an extremely limited quantity, so only offered in 1 LB increments.
Another exotic coffee from Finca Monte Verde, this time unfortunately smaller than the previous Gesha lot. Heaps of jasmine florals and pearl tea jump out of the ground coffee, an ultra-sweet smell of maple frosting. A perfumed aroma that translates to an equally complex cup of coffee. The wetted grounds hint at a Yirga Cheffe-like coffee, more pearl tea smells, wafts of citrus spritz and an ultra-clean sweetness. Even when hot, floral notes are front and center, fading to brisk black tea. Dipping in temperature a bit, the profile opens up to some interesting fruit flavors. Tangerine, myer lemon, and a lychee jelly note come out. The acidity is a cross between black tea and mandarin orange, well integrated, not over the top in any way. It's a fairly bodied cup, best expressed in the light to middle roast ranges. Full City was a shade too dark for my taste, and our most complex results were City roast. Florals dot the cup landscape, bergamot citrus to sweet pea, and elements of herbal tea pop out top in the finish.