||Colombia El Meridiano Rioblanco Washed 2016
||Varietals: 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. First we find out it's really delicious, then the deeper digging begins!
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 just 20 of them); their average farm size is only 4.5 hectares, and collectively they produce approximately 1,000 bags of coffee per year. This is a great example of smallholders working together to produce amazing coffee. Want to know their names so you can thank them personally? Of course you do!
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, and Jose Qnorio Quiceno ????????????
Tolima is 1 of 32 departments in Colombia and sits between the big cities of Bogotá (the capital) and Cali. Tolima is a southern department, and the county it's in is called Herrera. Rioblanco is the nearest town to the cooperative. The farm, El Meridiano, is about 79 miles (or 128 km if you prefer) west of Bogotá.
The varietals are Caturra, Colombia and Typica. They are fully washed, and are grown at altitudes from 1,550 m.a.s.l. to 1,900 m.a.s.l.
In the cup expect a boom. Strawberry jam and loads of red fruit sweetness that's mixed and loaded with white sugar. More red fruit, think red acidity (strawberry, raspberry and redcurrant) which finishes with a delicious and long lingering buttery aftertaste.
Farm: El Meridiano
Producers' coop: 58 small coffee growers called ASOCEAS (Asociacion de Productores de Café Especial de Alto Saldana)
Altitude: 1,500 – 1,900 m.a.s.l.
Varietals: 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
If you hear the first pops of second crack it's time to stop.
"Quick Look" Guide
Strawberry, sweet, white sugar, red fruit, buttery.
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