Colombia Tolima Merediano Microlot

In our farm-direct Colombia program, when a coffee scores above 88 it becomes a farm-specific lot. That's what we have here, actually a blend of several neighboring producers to form a lot that is small by any standards, the equivalent of 6 jute bags of export coffee! The cup is juicy and bright, the lighter roasts having a slight hazelnut roast tone overlayed with strawberry and nectarine. Darker roasts turn a bit toward red apple fruits, combined with an emerging roast bittersweet. Looking at the roasts I did, the light City roast looked impossibly under-done, but cupped wonderfully, my top pick for sure. So listen to first crack and stop the roast when it has concluded. City to City+ roast.
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88.7
  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region South America
Farm Gate Yes
Grade AAA MicroLot
Appearance .0 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations See the notes in the review: City to City+ is highly recommended. I don't feel this is a coffee that should get into 2nd crack at all.
Weight 1 LB
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In our farm-direct Colombia program, when a coffee is between 86 and 88, it goes into our 3-Star blend, and above 88 it becomes a farm-specific lot. That's what we have here, a lot that distinguished itself in the weekly cuppings of samples sent to me from Colombia, and one we felt must be offered separate from all others. But this is actually a blend of several producers that were so small we could not export the coffee. They were thoughtfully combined to form a lot that is still small by any standards, the equivalent of 6 jute bags of export coffee (although the coffee is vacuum packed and shipped in smaller boxes to preserve quality). With some help from the guys at Virmax, the Merediano name is used for this AAA graded Microlot. The dry fragrance of this coffee is cake-like, with a heady sweetness, honey, plum-raisin and floral. The light roast fragrance is especially sweet! Add hot water and there is a cane sugar sweetness with juicy fruit scents - more plum and other stone fruits. In the cup it is juicy and bright, the lighter roasts having a slight hazelnut roast tone overlayed with strawberry and nectarine. Darker roasts turn a bit toward red apple fruits, combined with an emerging roast bittersweet. Looking at the roasts I did, the light City roast looked impossibly under-done, but cupped wonderfully, my top pick for sure. So listen to first crack and stop the roast when it has concluded; it will look variegated in color and creased but cup beautifully. I found it passes quickly from 1st crack to 2nd crack, so pay attention. Really, the coffee was exceptional through the entire roast spectrum from C to FC+, but the light roasts are where all it's special character was in full bloom. If you end up with a darker roasts, expect "chocolate-covered raisin" character, nice but not so exotic as the light roast flavor profile. Yet as the dark roast cools, this coffee distinguishes itself from the ordinary.