Incredible balance and sweetness on up to 2nd snaps. Dark honey, blackberry-like acidity, top tones of cooked fruit, apple, pear, cinnamon spice and layered cocoa. City+ to Full City+. Great as espresso.
This coffee represents a blend of the best lots that we cupped from the Timan area of Huila (the first photo is looking down at the town from above). We constructed this from a very small group of producers, many of them neighboring farms in the highland areas surrounding Timan town. They are part of a larger 100+ member association, who help provide agronomical support to the farmers (subsidized fertilizers and seed, soil analysis, loans for infrastructure, etc) and export of their coffees. We're in our second year working with this particular group, and the samples we cupped were very impressive. Most farms are planted in Caturra, Variedad Colombia, and some Typica, planted between 1500 - 1700 meters above sea level. Processing is handled at the farm, or in the home, with small mechanical pulping machines, and the coffee is dried on raised parabolic beds.
This blended lot turned out quite well. The dry grounds have a base sweetness of raw honey with a nice scent of candy-coated, toasted almond and chamomile tea. At Full City, a bittersweet mix of dark cocoa powder and roasted cacao nibs comes through, with a sweet/savory accent of tamari and sesame. Adding hot water pulls out a complex caramel and honey aroma, with faint suggestions of cooked fruits, apple or pear come to mind. You can develop quite a bit of sweetness with this coffee, and it shows very well in the City+ and Full City range. Acidity is moderate, a bit like ripe blackberry, and remains intact all the way up to Full City. City and City+ roasts show notes of apple, cinnamon spice, and Dutch cocoa as the cup cools, atop convincing sweetness of dark honey. As you near Full City, roast tones bring out some dark fruit notes, as well as a nice rich chocolate flavor that holds on in the finish. And Full City+ is incredibly bittersweet, what starts as dark cocoa dominance, shifts toward cooked fruit sweetness as the cup cools. These darker roasts have immense body, conveying syrupy chocolate flavor well into the aftertaste. For me, this is the ideal daily brew, middle roasts offering the perfect balance of sweet and bitter tones, that gives way to a more "heady" aroma as you move through the cup. Wonderful espresso options too.