||Colombia Finca Santuario Mirador 2010
||100% Tipica varietal
Sometimes you find a coffee that has a great backstory but the coffee doesn't stand up. You never get to hear about these coffees as we won't stock them. But sometimes there are coffees with wonderful stories that truly blow you away, and this is one of those.
Ever since the Colombian Conseca ran out, we have been searching for a great Colombian. This has been much harder lately than it should be, with Colombian yields massively down and lots of the coffee being hoovered up by people who just need to have a Colombian.
This is the 2009/2010 crop and it is only a small lot. It is all that is available whilst we wait for the new crop to arrive in early January, which makes it even more amazing that we have been able to secure some. Moving forward, we have also secured next years lots (subject to the pre shipment samples) of this coffee.
So that farm story I promised you. Back in 2000, at a time where coffee prices looked like they would continue their spiral downwards (they had already dropped below the cost of production at that stage), Camilo Merizalde decided to start a coffee plantation. But it was not just to be a plantation, but an experiment in varietals and quality that would be even more expensive to run.
Camilo bought land that had previously been grazing for cattle It was barren and in a rather bad way, but it seemed there was potential for great Colombian coffee to be grown. With an altitude of 1800-2100 metres, low temperatures at night (but not too low), and high temperatures during the day (again not too high), the land had potential.
With active agronomy, soil management and careful varietal selection this farm is now one of the most amazing coffee experiments I have seen. If I were to build a farm, this would be the model I would follow.
Rather than use high yieldin,g easy to manage coffees, Camilo has selected Tipica and Bourbon as the main crop (80%) and experimental lots of Geisha, Maragogype and Mocha (20%). You can see by the map below that this farm has been meticulously planned and every piece designed to fit in with each other.
With further plans to extend the varietal stock and build a wet mill, this farm will continue to become a bench mark for farm design, and to show that quality coffee can achieve the premiums that are needed to maintain this style of farm.
Okay, in the cup, the wee bit we are all interested in. This 100% Tipica is just as impressive as its story. It begins with a sweet smooth milk chocolate that builds into caramel, think Twix bar sweetness, but then mid palate there is a super complex acidity that reminds me of orange and lemon rind, but orange and lemon rind covered in sugar. It then finishes with a super smooth and balanced aftertaste of that chocolate again that just rolls on and on.
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Coffee: Finca Santuario Mirador Tipica
Farm: Finca Santuario Mirador
Varietal(s): 100% Tipica
Altitude: 2050 metres above sea level
Owner: Camilo Merizald
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