TASTING NOTES

COCOA, NUTTY, DARK CHOCOLATE

ROASTING

The process of applying heat to green coffee beans to transform it’s chemical & physical properties,  resulting in roasted coffee beans that can be brewed.

MEDIUM-DARK ROAST

We roasted this selection with our Bold Profile to enhance its body and bring out its natural flavors. The darker roast accentuates the cocoa, nutty and dark chocolate notes found in these beans.

REGION

Similar to Napa Valley or Burgundy for wine, the region where a coffee is grown can tell us a lot about the coffee.

COLOMBIA

With the world’s highest coastal mountain range, the Santa Marta, Colombia is well-suited for growing excellent coffea arabica. The country’s high elevations, moderate temperatures and plentiful rainfall produce juicy coffee cherries that mature slowly and have many nuanced notes.

PRODUCER

The farm & mill where the coffee cherry is grown & processed.

SMALL FARMS

About 500,000 small coffee growers are represented by the National Federation of Coffee Growers, which oversees much of the coffee industry in Colombia. Because Colombia’s land is so fertile, farmers are able to grow a large number of plants on just small plots of land.

PROCESSING

The method by which the green coffee bean is removed from the fruit & then dried & stored can affect the taste of the coffee.

WET PROCESSED (WASHED)

This selection is fully washed, or wet processed. In wet processing, beans are only dried after all the fruit on the bean has been completely removed. (Letting the fruit ferment first makes removing it easy.) This processing method:

  • Is the most common method used for coffee
  • Generally creates clean flavors
  • Produces a consistent profile

VARIETAL

Most wine drinkers know whether they prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot. Similarly, the Arabica coffee plant has several botanical varieties, each with unique taste characteristics.

ARABICA

Colombia is known for its coffee partly because only coffea arabica varietals are grown in the country. The main arabica varietals grown in Colombia are Bourbon, Typica, Maragogype, Caturra, Veriedad Colombia and Castillo.

This lot is a screen size 17/18, which is the largest grade of coffee bean in Colombia. It’s rated “supremo,” although the term refers to the size, and not necessarily the quality. Supremo lots may be great, or not so great. Thankfully, this one is great.