The cup has a crisp, clear brightness, citrusy and vibrant. Aromatic lemon blossom comes through, with Golden Delicious apple, and a light honey sweetness. The cup is incredibly consistent throughout the roast range. City+ to Full City+.
This is our second micro-lot from Einar Ortiz, a coffee producer near the town of Herrera, Tolima. We work here with the ASOCEAS cooperative to identify small lots of coffee with special qualities, and reward the farmer with higher prices based on cupping scores. The first (and most important) screening of the incoming microlots happens right in Herrera, where the local cupper and coffee farmer Newerly Gutierrez uses a Behmor roaster (with amazing skill, I might add) to evaluate the coffees. Each coffee lot, no matter how small, is kept separate and scored on its merit. I visited Herrera for the first time and it's a beautiful town set high up in a fairly remote area of Tolima. I could not visit before because, sadly, concerns about instability persist in these more remote parts of Tolima, where the FARC Guerilla and their enemies in private armies, the Paramilitarios, kept the farming families in a state of constant turmoil. The fact we have stability in this zone, that there is a cupping lab in the town, and we can get on with discovering and rewarding the great quality of the coffees in this area is a testament that times are changing for the better.
The dry fragrance is very sweet if not restrained, caramel and Bit-O-Honey candy notes, with a suggestion of citrus in the lighter roasts. In the wet aromatics, again it is a sweet honey quality that dominates, with a floral hint, a unique sweet butter quality and citrus zest. The cup has a crisp, clear brightness, citrusy and vibrant. Aromatic lemon blossom comes through, with Golden Delicious apple, and a light honey sweetness. The cup is incredibly consistent throughout the roast range, from City+ to Full City. The brightness holds up well into the Full City+ roast, where a gingerbread roast taste and a dusting of cocoa emerge. The body is light. While this isn't a powerhouse coffee, it excels in having a wonderfully translucent cup character. And it has unique characteristics compared with the other Tolima micro lots, showing how much the soil, climate, cutlivar, and methods of a particular farmer and farm express themselves in the cup.