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In this day and age, a lot of attention is paid to what is new; coffee is no exception. We all tend to get very excited about new varieties, new processing methods, heck, even new species these days! Still, sometimes great pleasure is to be found in tradition. Whether it's the Lindy Effect at work, or simply the quality that results from experience, there's definitely something to be said for a good old fashioned washed coffee of traditional varieties. This couldn't be more true when it comes to coffees from Colombia, one of the most respected specialty coffee-growing countries, with a long history of quality cultivation. Just like we all still love listening to The Beatles, we all still enjoy a great washed Colombian, and this is just such a lot.
This particular lot hails from the Planadas municipality within the Tolima department, and is grown by a cooperative of small-scale farmers. This little town, nestled at the foot of the Andean Mountains, and its surrounding country, is famous in the coffee world, not only because of its long heritage, but also because of continued pursuit of great coffee. Organic certifications, like the one this coffee has, and high cupping scores, mean better returns for farmers and their families, and so a great focus is put on quality production, not necessarily by pursuing the latest trends, but by mastering the key components of coffee cultivation, mostly done by hand, at a small, family-owned scale.
There's a reason that Colombian specialty coffee is prized and commands a premium the world over. This lot should serve as a great reminder of why.
Phaedon's tasting notes
Deliciously classic is what I would call this coffee. It reminds me of other washed Colombian lots I've enjoyed. Its predominant fruit flavours are citrus in variety, mostly orange, and it's got a lovely butterscotch sweetness. There's also a tangy, malolactic quality which brings it all together in a taste profile that remind me of marmalade. Yum.
Rosetta Roastery's notes
Flavour profile: Full bodied, green apple acidity, rooibos hints
Although there has been a movement towards growing a range of exotic cultivars and experimental processing methods in Colombia, their washed lots have not been neglected.
The focus on high-quality washed coffee by the FNC (National Federation of Coffee Growers) and the introduction of high-quality internet across Colombia have greatly improved the ability to access information around developing processing practices. This collective lot highlights the significant role improved processing adds to the cup - with hints of delicate rooibos, cherry and a rich, juicy finish.
A multitude of young Colombian coffee growers has incorporated the knowledge of production from previous generations while introducing and improving their lots with new organic practices on their own farms. At present, numerous producers are already organic - with many in transition. Besides the organic premium, additionally, growers are getting a premium that is determined by the cupping scores.
The farmers work with a local exporter, Pedro (the QC director) and a team of agronomists at the bodega (Purchasing Point) who are involved in quality control. They will analyze, cup, and keep the lots separate until approval.
- Producers: Smallholder farmers in the Planadas region
Region: Planadas, Tolima
- Country: Colombia
- Variety: Caturra & Castillo
- Altitude: 1,600-2,000 mASL
- Processing: Washed
- Harvest: 2020
- Certification: Organic (at farm)