A creamy body and sweetness provide the groundwork. Honey, pistachio, lightly fruit, and sweet cocoa, this coffee has the necessary requirements for daily drinking. City to Full City+. Good for espresso.
This micro-lot comes from a single producer in the Herrera municipality, within the greater Tolima department. So many great Colombian coffees come out of Tolima, some of our favorite through the years. It's also one of the more beautiful and remote regions we've visited, and due to it being one of the last FARC holdouts, an area less and less travelled. This coffee comes from Finca Los Cristales, a 3.5 hectare farm in the sub-municipality of Rio Blanco. We bought two lots from this producer, this one is specifically for Sweet Maria's. It was purchased through an intermediary who gained access to a few of coffees sold through the local cooperative in the region. It's been a tough region for us to gain access to coffees, and navigating the logistics of consolidating with the rest of our coffees coming from Timana proved to be a bit tricky, ultimately worth it in the end. We paid a premium for this lot too, one that was transferred directly to the farmer as soon as his coffee was delivered to the dry mill in Medellin.
At City roast level, the ground coffee has a honey-wheat puff smell, sweet and with a touch of grain. A shade darker finds a deeper, dark honey sweetness. The aroma is very cookie-like, with a butterscotch-chip cookie note on the break, and a hint of cocoa. The cup has a creamy, sweet-nut flavor, and reminded us a bit of Nutella - a hazelnut and cocoa spread. It's a sweet cup, light cherry notes, very creamy body and mouthfeel. City roast works with this coffee, a tea-like brightness and more of the aforementioned honey and grain notes. But our favorite roasts were in the City+/Full City range, with well-integrated acidity, a thick honey sweetness, roasted nut flavors, and trumped up body. Great option for espresso at Full City and beyond.