This is a subtle, balanced coffee with crisp acidity. Red apple, raw honey, and chocolate syrup are found at light roasts. More developed roasts show black cherry and raisin, along with a chocolate finish. The body is weighted, like stout. Great SO espresso. City+ to Full City+.
We are winding through the remainder of our Colombian lots for the season. We've had a great year, and these last small holder lots from Huila are a testament to that. Humberto Calderon farms just 2 hectares in the Salado Blanco region of Huila. His farm is perched high above the town of Los Pinos at 1850 masl and is planted with a mix of Caturra and Castillo varietals. This lot is predominantly Caturra. Humberto picks his own cherry himself and with his family. His process is manual using a hand crank depulping device to remove the coffee beans from their cherry skins. After approximately 18 hours of fermentation in tiled tanks the beans are washed in the same tanks before drying on raised parabolic beds.
Humberto Calderon is a balanced coffee; mild with subtle yet crisp acidity, good sweetness, and excellent mouthfeel. Toasted sugar, toasted almond, and sweet pastry dough lace the aromatics of the dry fragrance. The crust has a succulent sweetness like huckleberry pie, and juicy stone fruits. Raisin and dark fruit notes appear in the break along with a sweet butterscotch note. Refreshingly crisp red apple leaps out of the cup profile of the city roast when warm, quickly transforming into chocolate syrup that lingers through the aftertaste. As this coffee cools pie crust notes and raw honey appear, making this balanced coffee relatively complex. A more developed roast shows darker fruits like raisin and black cherry. The mouthfeel is reminiscent of stout, and undeniably heavy. The profile of Humberto Calderon is in now way "extreme", but rather, for folks who are fans of subtlety. And with a little patience this coffees really shows its beauty as it gets to cooler temperatures. Overall, Humberto Calderon is a delicate and delicious cup of coffee, that will also make quite a nice shot of single origin espresso as well.