La Union is a bright coffee with a complex array of acidity. Bosc pear and apple are the more dominant flavors in both a City and Full City roast, although hints of green grape and sweet citrus support those malic notes nicely. This is a versatile coffee that keeps its fine cacao and malic flavors intact across the roast spectrum. City+ to Full City.
Narino is the southernmost province in Colombia, bordering Ecuador. Due to its close proximity to the Equator, sitting roughly 1 degree north, coffee can be grown at extreme altitudes. I've GPS'd farms in one particular area of Narino with coffee trees planted at over 2,200 masl. Outside of a few small pockets in Cusco and Puno, Southern Peru, I can't recall ever coming across coffee growing at these heights in Latin America. As propaganda in favor of the higher yielding, more disease resistant and lower quality yielding 'Colombia" varietals such as Castillo continues we've been fortunate to work with farmers who find the value in Caturra. Where Bourbon has trouble withstanding chilly evenings and traditional Typica yields continue to be tough on sustainable farming Caturra transcends all other varietals above 2,000 masl in terms of viability of production and cup quality are concerned. Our Narino lots are a testament to that.\
La Union is the largest town center closest to the Cauca border. It serves an overnight pitstop for folks and freight in transit from Cali and Popayan to and from Pasto and the Ecuadorian border. Coffee is planted in the highlands surrounding town and I've often found plants being cultivated above 2,000 masl in this area. Processing is simple, rudimentary but quite efficient when done cleanly. The coffee beans are manually removed from their skins via a hand-crank machine. El Gallo is the most popular brand in Colombia. The beans are left to ferment overnight, washed in the same tank or a secondary tank next to it and then dried on raised, parabolic beds which use a plastic covering to protect the beans from the elements.
La Union is a juicy, sweet, and unique Colombian coffee. Marzipan, dried cherry, and subtle hints of honey permeate the fragrance of the dry grounds of our City+ roast, while, milk chocolate and walnut are more apparent in darker roasts. Even more chocolate, along with fresh berries and cream, come from the break. La Union is a bright coffee with a complex array of acidity. Bosc pear and apple are the more dominant flavors in both a City and Full City roast, although hints of green grape and sweet citrus support those malic notes nicely. As the City roast cools a distinct chocolate covered raisin flavor resonates through the finish. Whereas the majority of our Narino and Cauca coffees finish like honey or even brown sugar, La Union does it's own thing. This is a versatile coffee that keeps its fine cacao and malic flavors intact across the roast spectrum.