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.
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Get your orders in before 12pm on a Wednesday to ensure you have fresh coffee to drink by the weekend. If you need to get hold of some coffee outside of our roasting days then please feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Local pickups can be collected directly from our Roastery at Unit 33, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock, LS10 1PZ on a Thursday or Friday from 8:30am until 5:30pm. There is free parking parallel to The Boulevard on Chadwick St and there is a free water taxi directly to us from the train station along with several bus options. Unfortunately we cannot deliver your order to a local customer for you to collect from.