One of our favorite Colombians from last year is back with a new crop, a great smoother and sweeter cup!
This coffee comes from the Asociación de Pequeños Caficultores de Ocamonte (APCO). APCO consists of about 270 families from the municipality of Ocamonte in the department of Santander, Colombia. Members of APCO currently cultivate a coffee varietal called Castillo. The National Federation of the Coffee Growers of Colombia commissioned the development of this coffee variety, Castillo, because it is more resistant to Roya (coffee rust). This helped to increase both the national harvest and the quality of the coffee beans. Because coffee is such a huge export, a lot of work has been done at the government level to ensure a continuous supply and a quality product.
Tasting Notes: Medium bodied cup with a bit lower acidity. Light to medium roasts will be predominately nutty/chocolaty tones balanced with a little caramel and a hint of floral upfront. Darker roasts mute up the floral acidity and caramel and the cup turns much more traditional with a semi-sweet nutty/chocolaty tone.
Roasting Notes: Tasty at almost any roast point, right after first crack one can get a little grassy but anything past that will be very lovely, clean and defined. Light to medium roasting will promote the hint of caramel but also accentuate the floral edge to the cup. Darker roasts turn much more chocolaty and semi-sweet especially once you touch 2nd crack or get into it. A hint of walnut can be found at almost any roast point but is almost more in the aftertaste.