This is another selection from out farm-direct Colombia program, and a small farm that has the distinct honor of having been #1 in the Colombia Cup of Excellence a couple years ago! Not that I knew that when I cupped it in our weekly Microlot samples from Colombia. It's all done with numerical codes only, and a coffee must announce it's qualities only through the aromas and flavors in the cup. That's what we have here, a lot that distinguished itself in the weekly cuppings, and one we felt must be offered separate from all others. The farm is called La Esperanza, the Hope, and it is at 1535 meters in the Suaza area of Huila Colombia. Isais worked his way up from being a traveling coffee picker, following the harvest through Huila, Tolima and Caldas departments. He had the chance to buy the small farm from his uncle, and was able to pay a little back on it with each harvest. "In 1987 I planted the first 3000 coffee seeds. At that time, I met Nydia, who is my wife. We got married in 1988 and we have now 5 children (4 boys and 1 girl). Thanks to the coffee all my children have had the change to get primary and middle school education". It's a nice story, to match a really great cup... The dry fragrance has apple and plum fruit notes, a good clean sweetness and a slightly savory quality as well. This translates to the wet aromatics, as well as a wine-like stone fruit aspect. The cup flavors have layers of fruits, including boysenberry, black currant, and Italian plum in the finish. It's a lush and juicy cup, with more moderate acidy snap compared to other Huila coffees. The theme here is dark fruits, and it has a syrupy body that suits the overall cup character. In the aftertaste a dark brown sugar sweetness comes out, and some slight pepper pungency. Like the other vacuum packed Huilas that arrived with this lot, I have found the light roasts to be the best, City to City+. This means stopping the roast right as first crack ends, or a tad more, even though the roasted coffee appearance is not that pretty at this level, the surface color and texture not yet evened out. Rest it and taste it, I think you will agree that light roasts rule the day here.