Our November coffee of the month from Colombia starts out with a bit of a kick of smoky spice on the front of the cup, especially when hot. Flavors of chocolate malt come into the middle of the cup and the finish has notes of dried fruit. This Colombia has mild acidity, a nice, syrupy body and is incredibly well balanced. The sweet, sour, and bitter notes of this coffee meld together in a lovely way. This lot from Narino produces a great cup of coffee that will appeal to a large audience.
Roast Color: Medium-Dark
Cupping Notes: Chocolate Malt, Prune, Spice
Story: In Colombia the vast majority of coffee is cultivated, harvested and processed on small family owned farms. While these producers are their own architects, designing farm management and post-harvest solutions to fit their needs, they also need strong alliances to bring their coffee to the international market and earn fair prices. To support this system of small farm production, Colombia established the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (FNC) to organize and support a complex network of larger regional coffee cooperatives. These cooperatives provide producers with valuable logistical support like centralized warehouses to store dried parchment and dry mills where the coffee is prepared for export according to size. The Excelso grade is the designation for beans that will not pass through a screen opening below 14/64 of an inch. Excelso lots are often traceable to regions of Colombia, each with distinct harvest times, which provides for a constant supply of fresh Colombian Excelso throughout the calendar year.