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Colombia La Union


9 pounds 5 pounds 3 pounds
-$0.40 -$0.30 -$0.15

This is an offering from a small co-op in the Narino region called La Union, situated right on the border of Ecuador.  This particular lot is a microlot of just one farmer, Miguel Angel Dominguez. The coffee is grown at 3000-4000 foot altitude under full shade.  It is all of the single varietal Caturra which does well at such high altitudes.  

Colombian coffee beans -- the really good lots -- tend to get lost amongst the millions of bags of ordinary beans, and the small farmers are doing what they can to stand out when they really have a good harvest.  This is an example of a Colombian coffee that is far above average quality.  When you break down one passionate farmers farm, one varietal, one harvest -- nothing to muddle the flavors -- you end up surprised at how nice a Colombian coffee can really be.  

My favorite roast of this is just at verge of 2nd cracks.  It has a juicy body and honey sweetness.    A tangy, citrusy undertone and you can almost convince me of a tomato flavor if you really want it to be there.   Pleasant in every way.   We weren't able to find a good Ecuador crop this season, but this one is as close as it gets - if you hand this cup to me and don't tell me what it is, I don't think Colombia is my first guess.   We've just been drinking it as coffee, but it seems to work nicely in espresso as well.  The tangy citrus carries through in the espresso and makes a nice shot.  You can also roast it dark (45 seconds of 2nd cracks) to get a nice french roast.

USA arrival February 2017

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