||Colombia El Meridiano Rioblanco Colombian SC Decaffeinated 2013
||State of Tolima, county of Herrera, small town of Rioblanco
||Varietal: 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 20 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), Jose Hernan Quintero, Heiber Hernandez Perez , Nicolas Hernandez, Jose Quiceno, Qscar Gutierrez Ramirez, Luz Dary Montiel, Elver Rincon, Heiber Hernandez Perez, Jose Gustavo Quintero, Jose Ider Zapata Quiñones, Jose Quicens, Didier Ramirez, Jose Gustavo Quintero, Eydi Johana Saldaña, Eydi Johana Saldaña, Alexander Vargas, Jose Onorio Quiceno,Elver Rincon, Elver Rincon, Jose Qnorio Quiceno; 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 metres to 1900 metres.
Oh, by the way: it's decaffeinated. I say this as a by-the-way as it's the least important part of this coffee.
It was decaffeinated in Colombia. This might not sound remarkable, but most coffee is either decaffeinated in Canada or Germany. This adds food miles to the coffee, which is not good. But what decaffeination in a coffee's producing country does is add value at the place where I'm very happy adding value; that is, around 40 km from the warehouse where the shipments are collated.
For more info on how the coffee is decaffeinated take a look at the blog post here.
In the cup it's tough to tell this is a decaf, but that doesn't matter, because it's just very tasty. It has a fruity feel to it; almost natural-like compared to its caffeinated brother, and much much sweeter. The best description the team came up with was Jammie Dodger biscuits, and I agree. There's strawberry jam and biscuit sweetness, and lovely big body makes this a great decaf, but I repeat: it's delicious.
I'm going to say it again: delicious. A decaf that's tasty and enjoyable, and more so than its caffeinated counterpart.
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 Café Especial de Alto Saldana”.
Altitude: 1500-1900 metres.
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.
Decaffeination:Descafecol plant in Colombia – uses ethyl acetate derived from a natural source – namely sugar cane.
Packaging: Jute bags with Grain-pro liners to extend freshness, (70kg/154lb) each.
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, strawberries, biscuit, Jammy Dodger, great mouthfeel.
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