Colombia, such a vast country with different micro-climates producing coffees of contrasting flavours. It’s definitely one of our favourite coffee origins. After our first trip to Colombia in 2013, we bought a bunch of coffees from Huila. Last year, after our 2nd trip to Colombia, we wanted to showcase coffees from different regions, so we bought several coffees from the regions of Cauca, Tolima and Nariño. Nariño is a southwestern region that has attracted more attention from specialty coffee buyers over the past few years.
Last year, we cupped a coffee from Nariño which was a clear stand-out amongst a few samples we received from Banexport. This coffee came from a producer, Señor Alejandro Ahumada. If you are wondering why this coffee says “Costa Rica and La Cristalina”, that’s because each of these farms are extremely small, only 5 and 4 hectares respectively! Alejandro combines the harvests from them to make up decent lot sizes. He grows Castillo, Caturra and Colombian varietals in these 2 farms and has been working with Banexport to improve on the way he produces and processes the coffee. By collaborating with Banexport and learning from coffee cuppers, Alejandro hopes to achieve a higher value product and improve the quality of life for him and his family.
His hard work bore fruits from the cup quality we have tasted in his coffee. This lot which we bought is a mix of Caturra and Colombian. This coffee has a melange of plums, raisins and grapes with intense sweetness and a superbly clean finish. The brown sugary sweetness carries with it notes of caramel. We enjoy this new coffee tremendously as a filter brew, which brings out the lively acidity. This is a well-structured and rounded cup which would make it quite a crowd pleaser.
- Farm: Costa Rica and La Cristalina
- Producer: Alejandro Ahumada
- Region: Cartago, Nariño, Colombia
- Dry Mill: Banexport
- Varietal: Caturra and Colombian
- Altitude: 1800m asl
- Processing: Wet fermentation in concrete tanks for 18 hours. Dried on parabolic raised beds for 8 days.
Available at S$18.50 (250g) in store and online.