A sweet sugary undercurrent becomes enmeshed with high % cacao bar bittersweetness. The cup flavors bear resemblance to cane juice, caramel, and accents of dark berry and citrus zest. City to Full City.
|Region||Alto Naranjal, Buesaco, Nariño|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Covered Raised Bed|
|Arrival date||December 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||70 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Caturra, Variedad Colombia, Typica|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
This is a blend made up from the coffees of roughly a half-dozen small producers from Vereda Alto Naranjal just outside Buesaco town, in Colombia's Nariño Department. We put this blend together after cupping a high volume of samples at the coffee alliance they belong to in Buesaco town, the goal being to separate out any coffees that score 86 points and above, which at a minimum insures the producer a premium that's 50% higher than the association's going rate (in this case of coffees we score micro-lot, the producer is paid a little more than twice the standard price). The local coffee association is a new venture started by two brothers who stepped out on their own to offer a more direct and transparent option than some of the local competitors. Association membership is growing, and we tasted some truly impressive coffees when cupping at their warehouse on our last visit. Farms are typically planted in Caturra and Variedad Colombia (F4 and F6 types), grown at altitudes between 1700 and 2000 meters, and each contributing lot in this batch are fully washed.
The dry fragrance has a toffee brittle smell to it, like candied brown sugar and butter shell coating on roasted nuts. The wet aromatics are centered around toffee, honey, and a pleasant roasted almond smell. City+ roasting teases out an underlying caramel to cane juice sweetness that really hangs on in the aftertaste. A dark berry note comes through as you push through the coffee and the sweet sugary undercurrent is enmeshed with high % cacao bar flavor notes. I pick up on a mild citrus zest flavor too that's missing when roasted much darker. Still, Full City has a lot to offer and is packed with sweet to bittering flavors and plump, dark fruited highlights.