Colombia Planadas Tolima, Roberto Rojas Microlot

We offer this mini-micro-lot by the farmer's name, Roberto Rojas (Bob Red?) but the farm name is Orisal. Peach and apricot fruit flavors are candy-like in their sweetness, syrupy in texture. These are bright-toned fruits, not acidic like citrus but still in the higher range, and they are backed up by a caramelly sweetness at City roast level. The finish is short, but elegant and very sweet with a refined cinnamon accent. City to City+ roast level.
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  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region South America
Farm Gate Yes
Grade Estate
Appearance .0 d/300gr, 17-18 screen
Roast Recommendations A lighter roast treatment suits this coffee: City to City+, not much more!
Weight 1 LB
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We offer this mini-micro-lot by the farmer's name, Roberto Rojas (Bob Red?) but the farm name is Orisal. It's a speck of a place, compared to the larger growers in other parts of the Tolima district, but 5 hectares is larger than many Colombia producers. The farm is 95% Caturra, the rest being old Typica trees, situated at 1680 meters in the Gaitania subdistrict. We had a larger mixed lot from Gaitania, but this is basically a producer from the same cooperative whose coffee jumped out on the cupping table. By separating this as a micro-lot, we pay a premium price, which is paid as a dividend directly back to the grower; it is a direct reward for quality. I love this coffee! The dry fragrance doesn't have a lot of complexity, but a very nice hazelnut roast tone and some apricot secondary notes that give a clue of what is to come. In the wet aroma the apricot blossoms transform into flowers and the sweetness intensifies dramatically. My test roasts were all on the lighter side, not even to Full City really, which was a bit of an error on my part. But from the flavors I sensed from these roasts, I had no regrets! Peach and apricot fruit flavors are candy-like in their sweetness, syrupy in texture. These are bright-toned fruits, not acidic like citrus but still in the higher range, and they are backed up by a caramelly sweetness at City roast level. The finish is short, but elegant and (again) very sweet. There is a refined cinnamon accent in the finish. The body reminds me of buttercreams. It's a coffee I would describe as delicate and elegant, two atmospheric descriptions that are difficult since you cannot taste or smell delicate or elegant, but they make a lot of sense for the Roberto Rojas flavor profile. I can add more ephemeral terms, well-structured and "with spine" to indicate the sweetness, brightness and fruit fit together and hold up well. I would definitely nominate this coffee for Cup of Excellence, given the chance. I found that a slightly, slightly higher dose in brewing was very pleasant too.