It’s hard to pinpoint why some regional blends rise to the top each year but this is exactly the business of Terra Coffee SAS, which works directly with small groups of farmers in Huila and Nariño who produce outstanding coffee. This traceable washed processed community blend of the Pacamara variety with a vibrant regional profile comes from 36 producers with small farms in the community of Argentina within the municipality of Salado Blanco. Each producer has their own micro-mill where they carefully harvest cherries, depulp, ferment for up to 60 hours, wash, and gently dry the parchment on raised beds. Imagine the harmony between these producers in farm management and post-harvest practices to achieve a clean and consistent blend. This is where Terra Coffee SAS steps in with harvesting strategies and cupping expertise. Then Mastercol adds crucial logistical support for things like warehousing and milling so this lot can reach the international market.
Tasting Notes: Best from light to medium roasts, not your average cup of Colombian coffee! This cup shines with floral and jasmine aromatics, a tasty treat even before your first sip. A bit on the brighter side, there is some lemony crispness upfront that adds a lot of sweetness, balancing with a more chocolaty cup profile with added hints of nuttiness. As one pushes the roast darker, the acidity and crispness gets much milder, right around second crack, smooth and creamy but already picking up more roasty notes. We thought strong medium to dark roasts were still tasty, but more roasty and non-descript, error lighter than darker to see this cup shine.
Roasting Notes: Light to medium roasts fit this cup great unless you don’t like floral and brighter characteristics. Even roasting, medium chaff, no giant tricks; easy to roast category. The lighter of a roast you shoot for, normally the more I slow down the roast. Can be pretty bright and front loaded if you shoot for super quick roasts, on the light side. These brighter cups tend to gain a lot of flavor on day 2-3 after roasting, so a little patience goes a long way.