Vereda Vecinos stands out as being overtly fruited ala apple and pear just beyond peak ripeness. Call it "winey", but this shows well with stacked caramel sweetness, and tart malic impressions. City to Full City+. Good for espresso.
This blend of coffee from Nari_o is made up from the producers of neighboring towns, or "Veredas" as they're called in Colombia. Hence the name, "Veredas Vecinos", or "neighboring towns". The Department of Nari_o lies in southwestern Colombia, hugging both the Pacific Ocean and Ecuadorian border. Unlike most other growing areas in Colombia who have two harvests each year, Nari_o generally has one single "main" harvest. The middle harvest, or "mitaca", is very very small, and does not generally produce exportable volumes. The veredas we are buying from are mostly in the northern part of the region and include La Union, Beusaco, Taminango, and more. Nari_o is in close proximity to the equator and it's normal to see coffee grown at very high altitudes (2000 - 2100 meters above sea level). 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.
Vereda Vecinos offers fruited intensity amidst a backdrop of raw sugar and nut, subtle top notes sensed all along the way. The dry fragrance entry point to this coffee has an applie-like smell that verges on just beyond peak ripeness. That slight wineyness gives this coffee and edge in comparison to more basic core coffee flavors, and intense sweetness provides a necessary backing, even in light roasting. The cup moves from caramel-coated almond flavor that brings candied sweetness to the coffee, to a tart green apple note and surprising malic impressions. City and City+ roasting highlight the latter aspect, constructing the brightest cup in relation to fruited notes and sweetness. Wine notes sensed early on gain prominence at Full City, and come off like cider apples that have slightly fermented. The finish has a graphite aspect too, not drying per se, but just a little on the tannic side that pulls at your tongue. We're happy with how this custom blend landed, and its fruit forward profile really stands out among many of the other regional blends.