||Colombia El Meridiano Rioblanco Washed 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.
In the cup its it retains the jammyness but is more chocolate doughnut like than jammy dodger of the decaf version. Its like a toned down version thats cleaner and brighter.
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”.
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.
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.
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