From one of the small award-winning producers we work with directly, 1st place in Coffee of the Year at SCAA in 2009 and 2010. A sweet coffee, fruited with guava, peach, tamarind, plum, honey and cane sugar. City to City+ roast is ideal but works at darker levels too.
This is a microlot of coffee from one small farm in San Augustin are of Huila. Carlos Imbachi's coffee won First Place at the SCAA Coffee of the Year in both 2009 and 2010. To give you some perspective, the famous Panama Esmeralda Especial Gesha came in 2nd to Carlos Imbachi! It speaks volumes about the quality potential of Colombia coffees, once you stop blending the great ones with the lesser ones. I have visited the farm several times, located in the San Augustin area of Huila at 1753 meters altitude. This arrival is from the daily processing batches that we graded as AA+.
The dry fragrance of this coffee is cake-like, with a strong sweetness, raw honey and raisin. The light roast fragrance is very sweet. Add hot water there is a hint of guava (guayaba) tropical fruit. In the cup it is juicy and bright, the lighter roasts having a slight hazelnut roast tone overlaid with strawberry, peach, tamarind, and plum notes in the finish. It is a sweet and balanced cup, so graced with fruit flavors and floral suggestions. Looking at the roasts I did, the light City roast looked impossibly under-done, but cupped wonderfully, my top pick for sure. For City roast, listen to first crack and stop the roast when it has concluded; it will look variegated in color and creased but cup beautifully. I found it passes quickly from 1st crack to 2nd crack, so pay attention. Really, the coffee was exceptional through the entire roast spectrum from C to FC+, but the light roasts are where all it's special character was in full bloom. If you end up with a darker roasts, expect "chocolate-covered raisin" character, nice but not so exotic as the light roast flavor profile. Yet as the dark roast cools, this coffee distinguishes itself from the ordinary, with tea rose notes, stone fruit and plum peaking out from behind the bittersweet chocolates.