CUP PROFILE: Aromas of candied nuts lead to a full bodied cup of chocolate, caramel and orange with a clean finish.
ROAST PROFILE: Medium
ELEVATION: 1,250-1800 masl
OTHER NOTES: Traceable, single origin, Colombia Supremo
The city of Popayan is the capital of the state of Cauca, in the southern half of Colombia. The surrounding coffee region is on the plateau where the Andes mountain range reaches southern Colombia from Ecuador.
The Cauca and Popayan plateau is at an average of 1,600 meters above sea level and includes the neighboring Purace volcano, which has, over time, produced the region's rich soil.
Coffee farms in the region are usually smaller than 5 hectares. The region is also home to several indigenous groups that have been growing coffee for decades.
There are two rainy seasons that produce a main crop and a mid crop – or mitaca – guaranteeing fresh coffee year round. All cherries are handpicked and then pulped and washed on the farms.
The area’s soil conditions, altitude and washed processing lead to coffees that generally have a very nice aroma, a medium acidity and a medium body. These features combine to present a pleasant, sweet, chocolate aftertaste.
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WE TASTE: Aromas of roasted nuts and cocoa powder lead to notes of dark chocolate covered raspberries, herbal tea and hints of lime.
ROAST PROFILE: Light
REGION: Limu Gennet Woreda District
GROWER: Lemma Edeto
OTHER: Traceable, Single Origin
This coffee is sourced from a family-owned farm in Meto Gundb. The owner, Lemma Edeto, began working in coffee 60 years ago and has passed down his knowledge to his sons, Nigusse and Haile, who operate the farm. The farm sits at the highest elevation in the region with old growth shade trees, naturally spring-fed streams, and native varietals of heirloom coffee that grow organically by default. The family also mills the coffee, giving them full control of the processing up to the final export stage.
Origin photo by Royal Coffee
WE TASTE: Floral notes lead to a sweet cup of mixed berries, tangerine and tropical fruit with a silky body and bright acidity.
ROAST PROFILE: Light/Medium
REGION: La Coqueta, Genova, Quindio
ELEVATION: 1650 masl
OTHER: Traceable, Single Origin, Sustainable
Finca Palmichal is high on the western side of the Central Andes mountain range, in the department of Quindio. Producer Atilano Giraldo is the third generation of his family to grow coffee in Quindio. Gradually he acquired additional properties, including Finca Palmichal.
Finca Palmichal has approximately 350,000 coffee trees. Cherries are harvested and brought to a central wet mill where it is pulped, left to soak for 10 to 12 hours, washed and then dried in mechanical dryers. The dry parchment is then trucked to a mill in Armenia, where it’s milled and prepared for export.
The mill reprocesses the pulp to later use as organic fertilizer, and water from processing is recycled in drainage tanks before being returned to natural water ways.
Don Atilano has also implemented special programs for women on the farm: groups of women pickers are always assigned to groups closer to the farm and in the least steep areas to minimize the distances they need to talk and the weight they need to carry. Camps for the workers are very well maintained and the food that’s provided is excellent.
Origin photos by Interamerican