Colombia Huila Pitalito Oporapa 2012


Bean name Colombia Huila Pitalito Oporapa 2012
Country Colombia
Region Department: Huila, Areas: Oporapa and Pitalito
Other info Produced by a group of growers from two areas


This is another of the delicious coffees I bought from my Colombia September 2012 trip, where I was lucky enough to be shown hundreds of coffees from which to choose what we were to bring back. We saw all of them on blind cupping tables where taste was the only director of choice, with lot sizes as little as 35kg and some as big as 100 bags.

This one stood out. It was one of the larger lots, and I am very excited to share it with you. It was bought with espresso 100% in mind.

It comes from two areas of Colombia; Oporapa and Pitalito, both in the deep south of the department of Huila. This is a place well known to me on the cupping table and in its cup profile, and it has produced some of my favourite coffees from Colombia. Most growers in these regions are small holders who do not have the ability or coffee to sell a specialty lot big enough to satisfy even a small roaster like us.

This coffee is put together by 11 producers, 7 from Pitalito and 4 from Oporapa. So each day's pickings are cupped, and if they score above a certain level they get added to this regional cooperative blend.

In the past this would have been a cooperative coffee for which we would have only had the cup profile to go on, but with these lots we know who went into making it what it is (and how much of their coffee was added, what its moisture level reading was, what association they belong to). Lots of detail.

The producers behind this are:


Irma Enelia Papamua
Alexander Gomez Trujillo
Mario Trujillo Gaitan
Suiberto Mendoza Hoyos
Aldemar Gomez Cardenas
Pedro Claros Trujillo
Omar Perdomo


Rosa Maria Sterling
Lauriano Chavarro
Nora Rojas Claros
Luz Marina Motta

In the cup expect sweetness by the bucket load: chocolate mixed with walnuts and brown demerara sugar. There is a delicate acidity of peaches, but this is all about sweetness, mouthfeel, and chocolate.

Roasting Information
No need for oils here, a medium/medium dark roast, don't let the temptation take over to take it dark otherwise you lose the complexity.

"Quick Look" Guide
Sweet, milk chocolate, walnuts, peaches, amazing mouthfeel.

Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 8/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 6/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 88

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