If someone handed you a cup of this and didn’t tell you what it was, you would think it was hot chocolate. This is our last single origin Colombian coffee for the season, and what a fine way to finish.
It is our second year purchasing coffee from Segundo Antonio Criollo Manchabajoy’s farm, Duarte Bajo. Manchabajoy’s farm sits at 1860 meters in the Andes Mountain range within the department of Nariño. This specialty lot was fermented for 15 hours before being carefully dried for 14 days on raised beds to produce a vibrant cup. The intense chocolatey notes are a real stand out. A second sip reveals a medium body comparable to sweet cream and some pleasant apple like acidity to balance it out. This coffee really is a dessert in a cup. Check it out and see if you think we saved the best for last.
Varietal: Caturra, Colombia
Elevation: 1860 Meters
Farmer: Segundo Antonio Criollo Manchabajoy
Notes: Chocolate Syrup, Half & Half, Apple Crumble,
Harvest: June 2019
Contents: 12oz/340g bag of Whole Bean Coffee
About sourcing in Colombia:
The vibrancy and variety of flavor profiles in Colombian coffee is unparalleled, and it keeps us excited to return each year.
We have been sourcing coffees directly from Colombia for the past 5 years, primarily from the regions of Nariño, Tolima, Huila and Antioquia. These sourcing efforts have been facilitated by the work of Azahar Coffee. The Azahar team combs through hundreds of microlots from all coffee-growing regions of Colombia at the municipality level. They sort the lots for cup quality, moisture content and water activity, seeking the perfect match of quality and stability. After this is where our work begins. We travel from our roastery in Seattle down to Azahar's cupping lab in Colombia to begin cupping through these top select lots. We usually spend 2-3 days cupping amongst tables of these excellent coffees, selecting what we think are the top 5-6 coffees.
From there we head out into the field, flying into Pasto and driving high up into the mountains of Nariño, to visit the farms where these coffees are grown. We meet the farmers who grow these microlots, meet their families, spend the day touring their farms with them, eating with them. In addition to making this connection, we pay them a premium for their crop. This past harvest we paid an average of $3.54/lb FOB. For context, the global coffee commodity market is $1, and Fair Trade is set between $1.20-1.50/lb.
We aren't doing charity work by paying this much. The coffees we purchase are amongst the best microlots in all of Colombia, the farmers deserve this premium. They work hard and smart and produce an excellent product in their green coffee. We often purchase a farmer's entire crop for the season, and we don't do so lightly. It is our honor to pay them for it, and then to roast it for you.