When it comes to Colombia, we have so much choice at our disposal due to the many different micro climates found regionally – the variance in flavour profile dependent on the region is astonishing, and we really enjoy making our selections from this origin each year. This year, we have returned to one of our favourite regions, Huila (South-West) and the beautiful Los Naranjos which is a group of smallholder farmers located in and around the town of San Agustin. This coffee is classic in character with buttery notes and flavours of lemon curd, peach and honey – hugely versatile to suit a variety of brew methods and drinking styles.
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 year, we have selected a fabulous coffee that is produced by a group of farmers situated close to the small town of San Agustin on the shores of the Los Naranjos riover. Here, high in the Andean Mountains, conditions are absolutely perfect for the production of fine Arabica coffee; good regular rainfall, rich and fertile soils, average farm altitudes of around 1,600 meters above sea level and shade trees that include Plantain, Cachimbos and Guamo trees. This growers’ association is called Association de Los Naranjos de San Agustin and was established in 2001 when some of the smallholder farmers came together to improve quality and managerial skills to access the specialty market.
The average smallholding within the Los Naranjos group is approximately 3 hectares in size and the coffee grown is predominantly Caturra. The group is well known for innovation and quality and several of the growers involved have been previous Cup of Excellence winners. The red cherry is carefully hand-picked before being immediately pulped and washed at each smallholding’s own micro wet-mill. The coffee is then dried using one of two fairly unique systems, both of which have been designed to work against the region’s frequent rainfall. It is either dried on patios located on the farm house roofs with sliding covers that can be pushed into place when the clouds open – or in a parabolic solar dryer, which is essentially a raised bed that sits within a polyethylene ‘green house’. When the sun shines the sides are opened to improve airflow.
These efforts are totally recognisable in the cup which presents clean flavours of lemon, butter and honey with notes of sweet orange and caramel. It is a fantastically versatile coffee that can be enjoyed using pretty much any brew method.
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.