Finca Villa Rica, is a single-producer coffee from the Vereda San Isidro within the greater department of Inza de Cauca. The farm sits at 1670 meters, and is planted mostly in Caturra and Variedad Colombia. Coffee production in this region is very traditional, in the sense that most farmers are still using hand-crank pulpers, fermenting overnight, and then drying on raised beds. The latter are normally covered to protect from the elements - with venting to facilitate good airflow - and oftentimes are conveniently built on top of the house (called "parabolicos"). We cupped a few coffees from this region while they were still quite fresh, and this particular microlot now landed, is showing incredible balance. Unexpected in that the offer sample showed a bit of edgy fruit, and we weren't sure which way the coffee would go. This is a testament to the affects rest ("reposado") can have on a coffee, and helps us to better identify 'quality' in super freshly harvested coffees. All in all, this turned out to be at the top tier of this new batch of Colombian coffees.This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.
Finca Villa Rica cups with exceptional cleanliness and structuring brightness in the cup. The dry fragrance has a delicate dry-spice accent to a raw cane juice sweet smell. There's a hint of clarified butter too, that blends with a trailing scent of raw honey. The wet grounds build a nougat/torrone smell, very sweet, and spiced notes become a bit more clear, glimpses of cinnamon stick, and all-spice. The cup is very sweet when hot, and fruited hints and juicy brightness tie these cup aspects together. As the cup cools, fruit flavors liven up the cup - grape, green apple, and a general flavor of fruited tea (slightly tropical) - staying well within the boundaries of "balance", and pulled together by convincing tartaric acidity. The sweetness of this coffee remains dense all the way through - a mix of caramel and pectin sugars - and the finish has a slight bittersweetness, like black tea. Notes of dried cherry and baking spice fill out the finish in the cool cup, leaving a lasting impression in the long aftertaste. This coffee's acidity is full of life, a refreshing malic to tartaric appeal. We brewed a City+ roast with 72 hours rest, tasting a "complete" Colombian coffee.