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We've come to anticipate new Colombian releases from Rosetta Roastery as much as their wonderful Ethiopian and Kenyan offerings. They've had a particularly delicious run of coffees from the Huila region of late and this newest coffee from that area is every bit as enjoyable.
We actually tasted an early sample of this coffee 6 weeks after roast, and were pretty surprised by how fresh, sweet and flavourful it still was. The fresher stuff was even more delicious with its interesting blend of sweet and savoury notes. Rosetta's roast profile for the coffee is definitely progressive, but we reckon you'll get a very satisfying espresso out of it just as much as a tasty filter brew.
Style: Progressive | Bright, sweet & clean, with blackberry elements & herbal tea notes
In retrospect, the encounter was one sweet metaphor. Poised between the herbal fragrance of the jungle, and the brimming city, we were bridged between greatness and the grotto. “I make deals for a living,” he said, his plum-striped seersucker shirt matching the flushed cheeks of the DAS officers. “Accept my deal… or accept the consequences. Plato o plomo.”
This is a pretty wild ride. Not unlike our freshest crop of Kenyan, we want to preserve as many of the natural bean characteristics as possible, but we also know that this bean is large, dense, and fairly hard, so we have no quibble with taking the scenic route on our journey towards first crack.
Alcides Avendano and his beautiful farm, Buenavista, are members of the COOCENTRAL (Coffee Cooperative in Central Huila). The Co-op has been working closely with our sourcing partner, Nordic Approach, to improve both the quality of coffee and the quality of life for smallholder farmers in the Gigante Municipality. Through Coocentral, US$2,8 million has been spent on social programs since 2005. The investment has been directed at improving homes, funding university education, health care (one of the benefits if being part of Coocentral is that the co-op pays 50% of hospital bills), funeral costs, development of infrastructure on farms, natural disaster insurance, and in-house education system for young growers and their children. Also the growers get 100% of the premium that Nordic Approach pay above the current purchasing prices.
- Producer: Alcides Avendaño, Buenavista Farm
- Region: Gigante Municipality, Central Huila
- Country: Colombia
- Varietal: 100% Caturra
- Altitude: 2,000m ASL
- Processing: Fully washed, dry fermented, and dried on raised beds
- Harvest: 2017