Colombia Inzá Las Estrellas

Honey and panela sugar give way to layers of golden apple, herbal tea, lemon, and chai spice. Full City yields chocolate roast flavors with dark fruit hints. City to Full City+. Good for espresso.

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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Caturra Types, Typica Types, Modern Hybrids
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Inzá, Cauca
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Covered Sun-dried
Arrival date April 2019 Arrival
Lot size 15
Bag size 70 KG
Packaging GrainPro Liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Caturra, Variedad Colombia, Typica
Grade Estate
Appearance .6 d/300gr, 15+ Screen
Roast Recommendations City to Full City+
Type Farm Gate
Recommended for Espresso Yes

"Las Estrellas", is a name we use for a regional blend of high scoring coffees from Inzá, Cauca. This season's Las Estrellas is made up from 10 different coffee farms whose deliveries ranged from a tiny 50 kgs to 300 kgs, for a total of 15 x 70 kgs. bags. We see a similar trend of cultivar planting and processing techniques in this region. Most of the farms are less than 2 hectares in size, Caturra heavily represented, with Variedad Colombia and Typica mixed in. The majority of coffee production is performed using depulpers powered by small gas motors or by hand crank, then fermented overnight, and finally drying in covered drying rooms ("parabolicos"). The latter helps protect the unstable, wet parchment from the elements, and ventilation facilitates good airflow and even drying. Altitude on the low end is about 1500 meters and tops out closer to 2000. 

The dry fragrance has a brown sugar and raisin smell at City roast level, along with a wide range of raw sugars. The sweetness found in wet aroma is very honey-like in both our light and darker roasts and supremely sweet. Getting right into the cup, acidity has both tea-like and fruited characteristics like black tea with lemon that has a mouth cleansing affect on the palate. This coffee's base flavors are very sweet and range from honey to raw panela sugar, a layered complexity that builds as the cup cools. The profile top notes come into focus as you move through the cup, especially in the middle City+ roasts, hints of golden apple herbal tea, mild lemon, as well as a chai spice note in the aftertaste. The heavy dark chocolate roast flavors that come with Full City roast leave space for Las Estrella's fruited characteristics and mouthfeel is still quite buoyant at this roast level. Full City and FC+ roasts make a great SO espresso option too showing equal levels of bittering cacao tones and baked sugar sweetness, with a tart lemon zing that brightens up the cup.