Las Florestales is deeply sweet, cane juice and maple frosting, propping up top notes of fresh orange, berry preserves, and kaffir florals. Truly versatile in the roaster, FC roasts have dark fruit, rich chocolate, and body for days. City to Full City.
It's been a long time coming, but we finally see the return of coffee from Maximino Gutierrez. This lot is a family effort between Maximino Gutierrez and the adjacent farms of his brothers and sons. They call it Finca Las Florestales, and it's gained much recognition though Cup of Excellence competitions. The family grows 100% Caturra cultivar at the end of this remote valley, at altitudes between 1600 - 1800 meters. The coffee is processed in the 'traditional' manner for the region, pulper machinery into an overnight wet-fermentation, completed with a rinse in pure water. Oh, and then of course the finishing touch is careful drying on the roof of their home, "Casa Elba". Herrera still sees quite a bit of instability due to the FARC holdouts in the surrounding hills, and as such isn't the safest place to visit. It brings us great pleasure to offer these 15 bags on Coffee Shrub.
Maximino's coffee has an intoxicating dry fragrance, raw honey, florals, and whole clove spice. City roasts smell complex, and edging toward Full City sees a nudge upward in honey smells as well fruited berry and grape smells. Pouring hot water, a caramel aroma permeates from the crust along with raspberry-maple syrup, fruit jam, and a light floral hint. Acidity is a focal point in the brewed coffee, graceful and succinct, and even when hot an apple-to-berry vibrance is sensed. The sweetness is so convincing, a syrupy backdrop to fruited top notes, and baking-spice suggestions. City roasts give way to flavors of pastry filling, blackberry pie, and honey and citrus notes emerge as the cup cools. Full City shows immense body, a flavor of fig pudding pulling through to the front, and then fades into chocolate bittersweetness. This is truly a highlight Colombia, showing as such at a wide range of roast levels.