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Colombia Huila - Las Piedras de San Augustin

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  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate No
Region South America
Grade Estate (Excelso EP)
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 15-17 Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City
Weight 1 LB
San Augustin is know for several things: the fantastic pre-Colombian "Piedras", large carved-rock idols at archeological sites dating to 3000 B.C. And then there are bandits and guerillas still active in the surrounding areas (although the town of San Augustin itself is quite placid). And finally there is the remarkable coffee grown in the area. This lot is from combined smallholder farms and has a distinction from our other Huila coffees of late: it is incredibly balanced. We have found Huila coffees with more striking acidity (and I love a good, bright, citric accent in the cup). And usually I look to coffees from the Cauca valley for more tenor-to-bass toned cups. But here is a Huila with fat, rounded body, and moderate acidity. The dry fragrance has a strong milk chocolate scent with almond undertones. There are suggestions of almond in the wet aromatics, as well as the cup flavors. Remarkably balanced between these nutty and chocolate tones, there is a long aftertaste with fruited (pear, papaya) secondary flavors. It's the rounded body that makes the cup so alluring and balanced. I would rank this as a top "crowd-pleaser" coffee, which is not to say it lacks character, or is middle-of-the-road in any way. There are fruited tones here, from aroma to aftertaste, that are outstanding, sweet, clean, complex. Inisitally it smells so sweet and candy-like I thought of grape Pez! In the cup the flavor is more like a creamy papaya mousse, if there even is such a thing. It's a great cup. It has the body that people respond to, and avoids the acidity that can be controversial for some folks- it's drinkin' coffee!