Miguel Ospina is a coffee producer in the town of Herrera, Tolima. The cup has jammy fruit notes, peach, apricot, vanilla, honey roast taste, hawthorn flower hint. A very elegant flavor profile, fruited in moderation, very sweet and balanced. City to City+ at the darkest, you must keep this light!
Miguel Ospina 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 for their coffee based on cupping scores. The first (and most important) screening of the incoming microlots happens right in Herrera, where the local cupper 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 last year 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 fear. I can report that everything seems peaceful and prosperous in my visit, but reminders of the war are not so distant; I saw a village of bombed-out houses where paramilitary lived, locals too afraid to rebuild their structures for fear of retribution. 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, honey-like, toffee, with a trace of peach preserves. The wet aroma has an interesting almond essence, toasted sweet bread and (again) toffee scent. These aromatics follow through into the cup flavor. The cup has jammy fruit notes, peach and apricot, with a vanilla and honey roast taste. The body is rather middling, but has a dense mouthfeel, syrupy. The finish has a hawthorn flower hint, but tends toward the cleanly-disappearing stone fruits and lingering honey taste. It's a very elegant flavor profile, fruited in moderation, very sweet and balanced. Sadly this is a "nano-lot" and we have to limit it to 1 pounds to spread it around a bit.