Colombia Macizo del Guarapas
ROAST PROFILE // Medium
MILLING PROCESS // Washed - Patio Dried
ALTITUDE // 1,750 masl
CUPPING NOTES // Dark chocolate, lime and blackberry
WHY WE LOVE THIS COFFEE // Having come across this selection while cupping Colombian coffees for a toll roasting account, we believe this coffee represents some of the best of what Colombian coffees can be and even motivated us to choose it as one of our opening day South American selections.
It was named in honor of the extraordinary Macizo Colombiano mountain rage which contains 362 bodies of water and makes up approximately 70 percent of Colombia’s potable water. The farms range in altitude from 1,600 to 1,900 meters above sea level and mostly grow Caturra and Colombia, though several grow higher-end varietals including Geisha, Pink Bourbon and Tabi. Because they're situated on the slope of the great Macizo, and given the high altitude and somewhat cold and rainy microclimate, the coffee trees tend to be unusual here. Instead of a few big flowerings, the trees produce several small flowerings, which causes coffee to be harvested over 10 months of the year. The time from flowering to picking is 34 to 35 weeks - longer than what is common - and the yield per hectare is also less than average. Lower density, the colder environment, and extensive shade—through together are a recipe for a beautiful cup profile.