This microlot from our latest container of Colombia arrivals comes to us from the Urrao region of Antioquia. Urrao is a unique growing region, and in the Valle de Pav_n, coffee farmers afforded extremely high altitudes (the valley floor starts at 1800 meters, farms planted up to 2100!), regular rainfall, and ideal temperature range for growing coffee. The heirloom cultivar that makes up this lot adds another layer of uniqueness. As best as we can tell, this cultivar is a natural regression of Caturra, easily identified by tree height, and the elongated and narrow-shaped cherries/seeds that look an awful lot like Typica. And perhaps most important, the cup is known to be quite floral, and I mean like "jasmine" floral. Passed from one neighbor to the next, several farmers have taken to planting their farms exclusively in this heirloom cultivar. Such is the case of Alexander Zapata and Juan Maria, whose farms make up this microlot blend. Both farms are roughly 1 hectare in size, and planted entirely in heirloom Caturra. They wet-process their coffees at their homes, fermenting overnight, and drying on raised beds under cover ("parabolicos"). A unique growing region indeed, you can read more about what we learned on our visit last October HERE.
We were so surprised the first time we tasted a lot separation of this heirloom coffee, jasmine florals and black tea characteristics made it jumped right off the cup table! The ground coffee shows a complex set of scents, with a pectin-like sweetness buoying delicate top notes. The wet grounds show a fair amount of fruit character too, plum and berry notes make for a lively aroma, with a perfumed floral note on the break. From the first sips of hot coffee, a pearl jasmine tea crowns the cup. The cooling cup reveals flavors of ripe stone fruit, and berry filling, along with incredible base sweetness of muscovado sugar. Full City roasts do develop a fair amount of cocoa bittersweetness, but when kept well outside 2nd snaps, don't detract from complexity. Acidity has a briskness like loose-leaf tea, and is reinforced by a black tea flavor that lingers from the middle-to-finish. At a range of City to Full City roast level, this heirloom Caturra microlot is a standout cup of coffee, perfect for a special pour-over or small-batch brew.