Gaitania Tolima is not far from Planadas and Rioblanco, where we work with cooperative groups to buy microlots. Raisiny dried fruit sweetness, plum, clove, cardamom spices in the finish. Extremely balanced between brightness and body. Really attractive bittersweet roast notes linger in the finish, clean and long-lasting. City+ to Full City.
This coffee is simply a great lot that arrived as a "spot coffee" (which means it is arrived and available in a warehouse) offered by an importer. It's not from our direct trade program in Colombia where we select lots from specific micro-producers, lot by lot. But interestingly it comes from an area adjacent to where we are buying quite a bit of coffee already, and in fact we have bought from ACEDGA cooperative in the past. Gaitania Tolima is not far from Planadas and Rioblanco, where we work with cooperative groups to buy microlots. And this coffee happens to be really nice, for the same reasons we are fans of South Tolima coffees in general. Los Pijaos is a tribute to the indomitable tribe that held the area before colonization and it's also the nickname for the well-regarded Desportes Tolima soccer team. The fragrance from the grounds has milky chocolate scents, and a strong raisin sweetness (which reminds me specifically of these incredible Black Prima raisins I had recently. There are hushed floral qualities too, which come out in the wet aromatic as violets. I found that the cup can take a wide latitude of roasts, and has a really nice chocolate roast taste at Full City levels. There is a raisiny dried fruit sweetness, a bit of plum, and spices in the finish, including clove notes and a touch of cardomom. Did I mention it's extremely balanced? ...perhaps an overused comment but balance is the right term for the relation between brightness and body here. Really attractive bittersweet roast notes linger in the finish, clean and long-lasting.