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Colombia Los Naranjos de Huila

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  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate No
Region South America
Grade 17-18
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations Takes a wide, wide range of roasts from City+ to Full City to Full City+ to Vienna. I am partial to FC here.
Weight 1 LB
I remember this coffee from the quirky "competition" they hold at the Specialty Coffee (SCAA) conference each year. There are individual cuppings for many origins, but whole vast coffee-producing areas don't enter the event (for example, the only Indonesia coffee was papua New Guinea). There are winners for each region, then overall winners. The reason I bring this up is that Colombia had a full table of entrants and the winner for Colombia was this coffee, Los Naranjos de Huila. I cupped it blind against a bunch of new Huila arrivals and it was more dynamic, brighter, crisper, cleaner than the "pooled lots". Indeed, this is a pooled lot too, a combination of a lot of small growers, and not all lots of this coffee have been so stellar, but this one is a standout for me. And since the average production of a farmer in Colombia is around 10 bags, often less than 100 small growers, at altitudes ranging from 1600 to 1900 meters, wet-processed and sun-dried, then cupped, classified and combined based on the cup flavors. Los Naranjos means "The Oranges", but that's not exatly the fruit I get from this cup. The dry fragrance has a tropical fruit smell, with a surprising nutty (macademia) tone in some cups. The wet aroma has sweet lychee and a bit of passionfruit. The cup has a jammy sweetness to it (strawberry preserves), and jasmine tea, especially in the finish. I do get hints of sweet orange in some cups true to the name. The body is not as big as other Colombias, but this is a brighter, much more dynamic cup than other Huilas so far this year. The finish is sweet and fades beautifully, with strawberry accents and a bit of black tea.