This blend of coffee from Nari_o is made up from producers in the Municipality of La UniÜn, in the Southwest part of the Nari_o Department. Roughly 10 small lots in total, the veredas (basically towns/villages) where these farms reside are in close proximity to the Cumbal Volcano, a nearly 16,000 foot stratovolcano that is still active.The way we make up these regional blends is by cupping several samples from the individual farms, separating out those that meet a certain cup criteria, and then blending them together. It's a great benefit to us (and not to mention the cup) having this level of quality control with our Colombian blends. This is a wet-processed coffee, most farmers using old style hand-cranked pulpers, fermenting and washing in the same tank (the first pic is of a dual-use tank), and then drying out on raised, covered beds.
All the way through the cup experience, Volcan Cumbal presents dehydrated fruit and unrefined sugar, heady fruit aromatics, and acidity on the softer side. The dry fragrance has tropical fruit undertones, and a green herbal aspect that along with sugary sweetness gives an impression of unrefined date sugar. The wet aromatics don't stray too far from fragrance, and a golden raisin hint is raised in the steam. The brewed coffee is bodied, thick and weighty, and conveys persistent sweetness in both light and darker roasting. City+ brings out a baked apple note sprinkled with cinnamon powder. At Full City, fruited notes have a prune-like side, stewed plums, and more than a hint of dark cocoa in the finish. A mild grape-like acidity makes a subtle impression, remaining in the background, and hardly a focal point.