Lot 11 shows wonderful acidity level, fruited in nature, and flavors of green grape, apple, and pear accent dark honey/cacao bittersweetness. Dried floral accent note. City to Full City+. Good for espresso.
There are about a dozen farms represented in this producer blend from the Inz region of Cauca. We've visited about half of the contributing farmers over the course of the past couple trips to the region, and see a similar trend of cultivar planting and processing technique. Most of the farms are planted in a couple hectares or less of coffee, Caturra heavily represented, with Variedad Colombia and Typica mixed in. The majority of coffee-production is done using hand-crank pulpers, then fermented overnight, and finally drying on raised, covered beds ("parabolicos"). The latter helps protect the unstable, wet parchment from the elements, and ventilation facilitates good airflow. Most of the individual lots making up this blend were less than a 70 kg bag on their own, but put together culminates in an 11 bag microlot blend (hence the name "Lot #11"). Still no doubt a limited quantity, but affords at least a few folks the opportunity to taste Lot #11 before it's gone.
The dry fragrance is perfumed with floral honey accents and dried fruit smells. City/City+ roasts capture the retronasal aspect of raw honey, layered complexity that awakens the olfactory. Sweetness is bolstered in the wet aroma, with butterscotch and honey elevated in the steam, a wafts of dried fruit released on the break. The cup shows beautiful acidity from City all the way to Full City roasts. The brightness is also fruited, like apple juice or green grape, and with refreshing vibrance. This coffee's base flavor runs the range of fresh caramel to dark honey, a complex, layered sweetness balancing cacao-like undercurrent. The profile shows complexity, top notes coming into focus as the cup cools down, accents of pear juice, and a dried floral accent note. Full City was our darkest roast, more fruited tones coming into play like plum and rum-raisin pudding (I'll bet on a high level of sweetness pervading even with some 2nd snaps). Espresso's are very sweet too, with equal level of bittering cacao tones, lemony tartness at the sides of your tongue, viscosity adding to the overall lingering effect.