Urrao is a small town in the region of Antioquia, in Colombia. It is comprised of the best scoring efforts of four small farms: Finca La Escula, Finca El Placer, Finca Azoleja, Finca La Pava. They all range between 1500-2000m, and are run in a very rustic, but meticulous manner. This coffee showcases an immense sweetness, with floral red fruit aromas, with a thick, viscous body, and tamed, but complex acidity.
Due to the consistent climate, Colombia is one of the only countries in the world that harvests perpetually. Although there are peaks and valleys in production, it's not unusual to see ripe cherries, green cherries, and flowers all on the same branch. This coffee is from first semester harvest, which runs between February to May. The next harvest is happening right now, from October to December.
This is the first of quite a few Colombian micro-lots we'll be bringing in this year, and if it's any indication, there is a lot to look forward to!
Region: Urrao, Antioquia
Varieties: Caturra, Castillo
Harvested: May 2013
We visited Finca Las Rosas this past February. Run by Rolando Villatoro and named for his mothers' love of roses, we were stunned by the beauty, health, and cleanliness of Rolando's estate.
Located in the department of Huehuetenango, in northern Guatemala, Finca Las Rosas is in the region of San Pedro Necta, which is nestled in the slopes of the Chuchumantes mountains.
We're very proud to offer to you this Borbon variety lot, called "El Mangal". We chose this coffee because of it's incredibly clean and sweet flavour profile. Expect notes of dark chocolate, almonds and a hint of tropical fruit, with a lingering honey sweetness. Enjoy!
Region: San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenango
Harvested: January-March 2013
Jose Nuñez is a small scale coffee producer who belongs to the community Las Capucas, in the COCAFCAL co-operative. This is a very progressive society, who challenges its producers to compete in micro-lot competitions, rewarding higher scoring coffees.
This lot from Señor Nuñez, who's 3 hectare farm is located in El Petatillo, just outside of Las Capucas, is an 11-bag lot that scored higher than the rest of his lots. Coming in at 87, it was separated from the rest of his 45-bag harvest. It has notes of honey, cocoa powder, with a mild tropical fruit acidity.
We were very impressed this this coffee due it's clean preparation and accessible flavour profile, and purchased it all.
We hope you love it as much as we do!
Region: El Petatillo
Varietal: Caturra, Catuai, Pache