This microlot blend is built from a few small-producers in the Guintar de Anza region, part of the greater Antioquia Departament. It's far up in the northern corner, very close to another area we've been quite active in - Urrao. Like Urrao, these farms we are buying from are very high up there in altitude, 1800 being the norm, and all the way up to 2000+ meters. The mountain peaks in this part of the country produce many cold-water mineral springs, a resource that lends itself to longer fermentation times. The profiles we're tasting from these groups are much more "exotic" than what we're used to from Colombia, you might say atypical for the region. However, this is the second of three rounds of coffees we've imported so far, and the we're tasting consistency from the individual farm group members, and the coffees are holding up over time. These are two qualities we look for with any coffee we're buying directly - can the farmer produce consistent cup profile, as well as bean stability. Both of these have much to do with the coffee cultivars planted, cherry selection during harvest, clean processing practices, and optimal drying facilities.
The smells coming from this coffee are intensely sweet and fruited, a bold precursor to the complexity found in the cup. The dry grounds are billowing with blackberry and raw sugar smells, a retronasal-like panela sugar scent. The fruit in the wet aroma is like pie filling, and fruit crumble of a slightly rustic "shade" like cooked rhubarb, with baked brown sugar, butter, and spices. This Guintar coffee makes for a juicy brewed cup. Fruit flavors have strength, cooked raspberry and a guava accent diverting attention from inherent bittering coffee tones. There's a slight floral aspect too that reminds me of ripe figs, fading to a rhubarb flavor and a subtle tartness in the cooling cup. I'd describe the acidity as "soft", in that it lacks the articulation of some of the southern coffees we've tasted. The fruited tones really seem to multiply as you move through the cup, backed up by a convincing level of cane juice-like sweetness. A complex Colombian coffee, with a level of intensity that is best showcased as a brewed cup.