We remember precisely when we found this coffee on the cupping table at one of our longest working green partner.
On a special designed cupping table, this microlot Colombian quietly sits amongst other selections.
Let it be the work of coincidence, sunlight shines through the window and spot light this particular coffee.
Cupping began and the fragrance of this coffee just seem to draw your attention. Superbly sweet, easy-simple coffee fragrance, the more you inhale the aroma, the more you'll notice its complicated sweetness.
Break up the crust, the seemingly sugar coasted aroma burst right into you nostril. It is almost like "enough said", knowing we're were to commit to this coffee.
Acidity of stone fruit peaks, round it off with brown sugar sweetness with aroma of pure vanilla pods.
Surely, we just couldn't pass on this coffee on the table. And now, it is finally in our hands.
This microlot was produced and processed by Flor Penna, a smallholder member of the ASORCAFE - Inzá, Cauca producer group. Produced at 1,700 metres above sea level, this very special lot was selected out from the rest of the organization’s producers as being of exceptional quality.
The municipality of Inzá is located in the corner of the Department of Cauca, bordering with Tolima and Huila and looking out to the west over the Pacific Ocean. Situated on the “Macizo Colombiano” (the Colombian Plateau), which surrounds the high peaks of Tolima and Huila, the region is an important source of water and wildlife, in addition to being prime coffee growing land.
ASORCAFE represents, in total, some 450 producers from across the Department. This specific lot, however, has been selected only from Sr. Ulchur’s production this year. Every single producer delivering to the group has their lot cupped by the Association’s cupping lab in Pedregal.
The association of coffee growers, ASORCAFE, was founded in 2004 by 10 coffee growers with an entrepreneurial spirit who were tired of private parchment buyers who were paying them below national prices. The region’s violent past, with a heavy presence of FARC guerrillas, had historically prevented the FNC (Colombia’s excellent national coffee board) and specialty-focused exporters from establishing a presence in the region. As violence has diminished, it has enabled the growers in the region to seek increased access to markets for quality, not only taking advantage of the region’s wonderful coffee-growing conditions but also the economic resource that nearby tourist destinations bring (for instance, the World Heritage Site “Parque Nacional Arqueológico de Tierradentro”).
Red apple acidity wraps around sweetness of cane sugar and cola with aftertaste of mango
Apple | Cane | Cola | Mango
Second Semester: September – January
1,750 metres above sea level
Red & Yellow Colombia
36 hours fermentation
Dried on parabolic beds over raised beds over 11 days