Colombia El Meridiano 2012


Bean name Colombia El Meridiano 2012
Country Colombia
Region Tolima
Other info Varieties:Caturra (70%), Colombia (20%) and Typica (10%)


We bought this cup from the cupping table, and sometimes that means we don't know much about it.

This is a specially selected micro lot of coffee from the Tolima region of Columbia. It comes from a small growers' cooperative with only 58 members (this lot was made by 16 of them); their average farm size is only 4.5 hectares, and collectively they produce approximately 1000 bags of coffee per year. So this is an example of smallholders working together to produce amazing coffee.

This lot was put together by Gilardo Gutirrrez (and his cat), Hernan Arias, Jose Quintero, Daniel Chauala, Gildardo Gutierrez, Elber Falla, Jose Zapata, Benicio Sanchez, Fabio Guembel, Jose Quiceno, Maximo Guitierrez, Nelso Atuesta, Oscar Guitierrez, Luz Mila Rico, Jose Vanegas, and Luis Cuartas; all of them are part of this cooperative.

Tolima is one of 32 departments in Colombia and sits between the big cities of Bogota (the capital) and Cali. Tolima is a southern department, and the county is Herrera. The nearest town to the cooperative is Rioblanco. Meridiano is about 79 mi (or 128 km) West of Bogotá,

The varietals are Caturra, Colombia, and Typica. They are fully washed, and grown at altitudes from 1550 meters to 1900 meters.

In the cup it retains the jammyness but is more doughnut like than Jammy Dodger of the decaf version. Its like a toned down version cleaner, but less volume of flavour.

Coffee: El Meridiano
Origin: Southern Colombian state of Tolima, county of Herrera, small town of Rioblanco.
Producers coop:58 small coffee growers called ASOCEAS, “Asociacion de Productores de Cafe? Especial de Alto Saldana”
Altitude: 1500-1900 meters
Varieties: Caturra (70%), Colombia (20%) and Typica (10%)
Processing Method: Washed in micro-mills at each farm.
Drying Method: Sun-dried in green-houses and on drying patios
Shade: 40% shade cover – Plantain, Cambulo, Chachafruto, Guamo
Harvest: Main: Oct. – Jan. Fly-crop: April – June
Packaging: Jute bags with Grain-pro liners to extend freshness, (70kg/154lb) each

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
Jam, doughnut, very clean, great mouthfeel.

Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes

Cupping notes

Clean cup 8/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 6/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 90

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