Colombia La Estrella del Ostro

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Recommended for:

  • Aeropress

  • Chemex

  • Espresso

  • French Press

  • Pour Over

  • Stove Top

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About

When it comes to Colombia, it is widely accepted that some of the country’s best coffees come from the south west in the departments of Huila, Tolima, Nariño and Cauca. This is a fabulous coffee that is produced by a group of farmers situated in the southern town of La Plata in Huila who all share the same microclimate. Each smallholder farmer has around 3 to 7 hectares of land planted with coffee and shade trees of plantain and guamo.

This is a full bodied and juicy coffee from the region of Huila in the south west – there are notes of brown sugar, red apple and mandarin. Really well balanced with great versatility working well for both espresso and filter.

Key Stats

Location: La Plata, HuilaAltitude: 1,600 to 2,000 metres above sea levelPreparation: WashedVarietal: Caturra, Typica, ColombiaOwners: 50 smallholder farmersFlavours: Brown Sugar | Red Apple | Mandarin

Details

Ripe red cherry is harvested and processed on each smallholding using their own micro wet mill. They will also dry the coffee themselves in its outer parchment layer to the exacting standards put in place by the agronomists they work closely with to guarantee the coffee’s quality. Drying is probably one of the most important factors in guaranteeing a quality cup profile – too quick and the coffee can lose its character very quickly, too slow and it runs the risk of becoming mouldy with uneven moisture levels. Most smallholders in this region have small parabolic driers loaded with raised beds stacked on top of one another to allow good airflow and easy rotation ensuring good even drying. This region is very prone to rainfall so it is of paramount importance that the coffee is sheltered for the 22-30 days it spends drying.

This lot is named after the star of the Southern Wind that sits directly above the coffee growing mountainous region in La Plata. We really think this lot displays excellent clarity and showcases the efforts of the growers perfectly.  Thanks to the great balance of acidity and body, this is a coffee that works beautifully in most brew methods and can also take a bit of milk too.

Brew Guides

Aeropress

Grind Setting: MediumBrew Time: 2 - 3 minutesCoffee:Water 17.5-18g : 250 ml
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Espresso

Grind Setting: Very fineBrew Time: 23-26 secondsDose:Brewed Weight 18g : 39g
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Pour Over

Grind Setting: MediumBrew Time: 1 minute 30 seconds - 2 minutesCoffee:Water 15.5g-16g : 250ml
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Stove Top

Grind Setting: Fince (slightly coarser than for espresso)Brew Time: Dependent on size and heating sourceCoffee:Water 22g : 250ml (though dependent on size of Stove Top)
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Chemex

Grind Setting: Very coarseBrew Time: 5 minutes (for 1L of coffee)Coffee:Water 70g : 1L
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French Press

Grind Setting: CoarseBrew Time: 4 minutesCoffee:Water 70g : 1L
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Delivery Details

We are happy to say we are now able to dispatch orders on a daily basis from Monday to Friday. If your order is received before midnight, it should go out to you the next day using the Royal Mail First Class or DPD next day courier service depending on the weight of the parcel. If you place an order over the weekend, it will be packed and dispatched when the Roastery re-opens on a Monday.

If you have selected the Local Pickup option, this should be ready in our customer collection point in the North Star Coffee Shop and General Store by 5pm the day after you have placed your order. Opening hours can be viewed here along with information on parking and location. Unfortunately we cannot deliver your order to a local customer for you to collect from.

Once you have placed your order, you will receive an email to confirm it is being processed and then another one to let you know when it has been dispatched/is ready to collect.

 

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