This is the fifth "edition" from small-farm selections in the Tolima department of Colombia. Tolima is one of our favorite coffee origins in Colombia, and the Tolima microlot offerings we evaluate through our Colombia farm gate program are some of our highest rated. Most of the lots are from Herrera and Rioblanco areas, a remote zone that is fairly difficult to access compared to other coffee areas. Part of the issue is that Tolima was one of the last active FARC areas where the conflict between the government, paramilitary and FARC continued. Sadly is is always the farmers who are held to the land who suffer. Still, we work the through local Cooperative called Asoceas to access their fantastic coffees, and have designated this blend as Tolima Herrera. The aromatics here are very complexand sweet. These are coffees that are really nice in the cup, but don't make the high standard for our Tolima farm-specific micro-lots. They are assembled into Tolima Herrera, aiming for brightness, balanced by complex deeper-toned flavors.This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.
Hints of hibiscus, almond, red apple and dark grape in the dry fragrance. Adding the hot water, the fruit has a slight winey aspect, warming spice, fig, grape and raisin. There is a nice panela sugar in the wet aroma, mole chocolate sauce, sweet beef bouillon. In the cup, lighter roasts have nut and golden raisin fruit with apple-like brightness. The finish has a pleasant tart, drying quality, a bit like apple skins. There are spices as well; cinnamon stick, clove. Caramel and spice linger as the cup cools, as well as orange spice tea. The body isn't heavy, but syrupy in mouthfeel to balance out the brighter aspects of the cup. Darker roasts have a nice balance and cool well, with lush chocolate notes and sultana raisin.
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