Gerardo Bravo's coffee is incredibly balanced, with malic to tartaric acidity, candied sweetness, and black tea. Fruits pop up in the cooling cup, apple, cherry, and plum. Full City roasts show rich, bittersweet cacao bar. City to Full City.
La Primavera is tucked in the hillside of a small town within the municipality of Timana, Huila. Farmer Gerardo Bravo has a small 2 hectare farm, planted almost entirely in Caturra. His farm sits at just over 1700 meters, great altitude for the region and for the varietal. Processing is handled onsite with hand-cranked pulper, natural fermentation, washing, and then drying on raised parabolic beds. The latter is key in facilitating a gentle dry cycle, keeping the protective layer of parchment intact, shielding the green coffee seeds from outside elements. This year we are exploring a new avenue for Colombian coffee - well, actually we picked up a couple coffees through these folks a few years back, and this year have become reacquainted, gaining us access to some really great small farms through this same group. We're excited for this first container of coffees featuring mostly coffees from the Timana de Huila region, and will be making a trip there before the end of the year to look at other new opportunities.
"La Primavera" is a fitting name for the farm from where this coffee came. Aromatically there is an essence of Spring time - wildflower honey, dried cherry, and spices. The dry ground are quite perfumed, and with the addition of hot water, the beauty really blooms! Floral honey and vanilla comes up from the crust, so sweet, and the break reveals a note of dried pear. This is an extremely balanced brewed coffee. Acidity is malic to tartaric, and well integrated into a candy-like sweetness, and brisk black tea finish. A cooling City+ roast shows ripe red fruits - apple, cherry, tart plum - and even a splash of watermelon in there. The sweetness is really nice, honeyed, and even at Full City lingers on the pallet. These darker roasts have a gripping flavor of 70% cacao bar, bittering and sweet, switching places more than once before they vanish long in the aftertaste. Body is light to medium, and makes a nice brewed cup of coffee.