Colombia Del Obispo CO2 Decaf 2011


Bean name Colombia Del Obispo CO2 Decaf 2011
Country Colombia
Region Huila
Other info Varietal: Caturra Típica


The parish of Alto del Obispo (literally, ‘The Bishop’s Hill‘) is high in the mountains of Colombia’s Huila department, an area which has been producing coffee for over a century. Most of Alto del Obispo’s 300 families depend on coffee for their livelihood (coffee production accounts for some 90% of local income), which they produce on small family farms.

The average coffee plantation is around 3 hectares in size and mainly farmed solely by the families that own them. Only during the main harvest season (October to December) are extra hands hired to help with the cherry picking process (usually three to four extra people). The coffee is mainly shade grown under the Guamo, a native fruit tree, and also the local Cachingo, a very broad-trunked tree that stores a high volume of water and so helps the soil to retain moisture. The farmers process their coffee themselves using the conventional washed process, where the cherries are pulped, filled with water in fermentation tanks and then washed and sun dried on ‘elvas’ (a local word for roof patios built on top of the farmer’s house). Some producers also dry on patios and African beds (raised screens).

As yet the Alto del Obispo farms have not organised themselves into a formal association, so the coffee we buy is selected on cup quality at the local collection warehouse in the town of Pitalito, Huila. We can, however, trace each lot we buy back to the individual farmer.

In the cup its everything that reminds me of a good colombian, balanced, sweet, smooth and super chuggable. This is what hapens when you use current crop coffees for decaf, and not last years left overs like some roasters, you get a delicious decaffeinated coffee that is amazing in the cup.

Roasting Information:
If you hear the first pops of second crack it's time to stop. This is a medium so as not to kill the complexity.

"Quick Look" Guide:
Sweet, balanced, smooth, chuggable.

Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes

Farm: Families from Alto del Obispo
Varietal: Caturra Típica
Processing: Fully Washed and dried on patio
Altitude: 1,650m to 1,830m above sea level
Owner: Families from Alto del Obispo
City: Alto del Obispo parish (Retiro, Simón Bolivar and El Roble villages)
Region: Huila

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 6/8
Flavour 6/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 6/8
Correction +36
Total 85

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