||Colombia Finca Buena Vista Washed Caturra Reserve (Picked 14th of August 2014) 2015
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Colombia Finca Buena Vista Washed Caturra Reserve 14th of August 2014
So I don’t know how good your memory is but a couple of years ago we had a coffee called Colombia Huila Pitalito Oporapa, it was from a mix of 11 producers. 11 producers who had been picked out of the cupping table as doing amazing things. Since then we have gone on to develop and create relationships with two of these 11 and Eidier is the third.
Edier Perdomo owns a farm called Buena Vista in Pitalito, which is in the Huila Department of Colombia. Edier is 34 years old and has worked with coffee his whole life, but only focusing on quality for the last 2 years. He grows Caturra on the farm, which is at an altitude of 1,700 metres above sea level. Edier is a little different though, he is from a family of coffee growers, but is one of the new generation trying and experimenting. His family own the farm next door to his, which takes a more traditional approach. For instance they are planting rust resistant varietals like Colombia and Sachimore while he perseveres with the vulnerable Caturra because he knows it has a superior cup profile with his set of growing circumstances.
He also does something different at the processing stage. For his fermentation process, he fills big blue tanks with 50% wet parchment (just out of the depulper), and shuts the tank closed. He waits for 24 hours before opening the tank again and then proceeding with washing the coffee normally. This is a very interesting way of fermenting, and it seems to be working really well for him.
We have been running an experiment with him to cup each of his days lots and score them. First he has to deliver the lots at the right moisture content to the warehouse. It isn't uncommon for lots to be rejected, but Edier rarely gets anything turned away, and is the best at this in the Pitalito warehouse. Anything with a score over 86 we approve, anything below is rejected and put into a bulk lot (a Pitalito blend) and sold on. So far we have seen that almost all his coffee has been approved with high scores, so much so we created an 86-89 lots which we are selling on the website. But this is something special.
This lot was picked on the 14th of August 2014 and processed the following day. Something happened on this Thursday, a little bit of magic. I would like to think it was because just a few days before I had visited Edier and offered to start paying more for better lots. Money is a great motivator for us all, and the top job he was already doing was that little bit better. But I think the coffee gods shined down on this lot, that day and created this very special reserve lot. This was the highest scoring lot of all the coffees we bought from Edier, and it's just (and I mean just) for subscribers of #SSSSS and noone else!
So what makes it better in the cup?
Compared with the normal estate lot it still has the distinctive green apple acidity but it's cleaner, more vivid and more.........well more! The sweetness is still caramel, and still has the same mouthfeel, but it's bigger, more chewy, more more more. A great espresso and a great cappuccino, that works just as well brewed. An AMAZING COFFEE!
Green apple acidity, caramel, sweet, big mouthfeel.
• Country: Colombia
• Department: Huila
• Town: Pitalito
• Farm: Finca Buena Vista
• Producer: Edier Perdomo
• Altitude: 1,700 m.a.s.l.
• Processing: Fully Washed using anaerobic style dry fermentation
• Day Picked: 14th of August, 2014
• Varietal: Caturra
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