Colombia Tolima -Einar Ortiz Microlot

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+.
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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region South America
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Arrival date Jan 18 2012
Lot size 9bags/boxes
Bag size 35.00kg
Farm Gate Yes
Grade Estate Micro Lot
Appearance .0 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City+; this coffee is very stable through the entire roast range
Weight 1
Einar Ortiz is 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. Everything seems peaceful and prosperous during my visit, but reminders of the war are not so distant; I saw a village of bombed-out houses where paramilitary lived, locals still unsure about rebuilding. It was the coffee farmers trapped in the middle of these disputes. The fact we have stability, 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, caramel and honey, 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 and a unique sweet butter quality as well. 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 emerges. 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.