Colombia El Meridiano Rioblanco SC Decaffeinated

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In the cup it's tough to tell this is a decaf - but that doesn't matter, because it's just so tasty! It has a very sweet and fruity feel to it. It tastes like blueberries and strawberries sprinkled in white sugar, alongside a big n' sticky strawberry jam mouthfeel.

£4.30

DETAILS

Originally we bought this coffee from the cupping table, and that meant that we didn't know all that much about it. However, after that first time, we've fallen in love with this coffee for how amazing it is and so we're now super excited to welcome it back again!

This is a specially selected micro lot of coffee from the Tolima region of Columbia. It comes from a small growers' cooperative with only 58 members (this lot was made by 20 of them); their average farm size is only 4.5 hectares, and collectively they produce approximately 1,000 bags of coffee per year. So this is an example of smallholders working together to produce amazing coffee.

This lot was put together by Gilardo Gutirrrez (and his cat), Jose Hernan Quintero, Heiber Hernandez Perez , Nicolas Hernandez, Jose Quiceno, Qscar Gutierrez Ramirez, Luz Dary Montiel, Elver Rincon, Heiber Hernandez Perez, Jose Gustavo Quintero, Jose Ider Zapata Quiñones, Jose Quicens, Didier Ramirez, Jose Gustavo Quintero, Eydi Johana Saldaña, Eydi Johana Saldaña, Alexander Vargas, Jose Onorio Quiceno,Elver Rincon, Elver Rincon, and Jose Qnorio Quiceno. Each of them is a part of this cooperative.

Tolima is one of 32 departments in Colombia, and it sits between the big cities of Bogota (the capital) and Cali. Tolima is a southern department, and the county is Herrera. The nearest town to the cooperative is Rioblanco. Meridiano, the coffee, is grown about 79 miles (or 128 KM) west of Bogotá.

The varietals grown on the farms are Caturra, Colombia and Typica. They are fully washed, and they're grown at altitudes from 1,550 metres to 1,900 metres above sea level.

Oh, by the way: this coffee's decaffeinated! I say this as a by-the-way because it's the least important part of this coffee.

It was decaffeinated in Colombia. This might not sound remarkable, but it is: most coffee is decaffeinated in either Canada or Germany. That adds food miles to the coffee, which is not good. What is achieved by completing the decaffeination process in the country that the coffee comes from? It adds value at the place where I'm very happy to be adding value: that is, around 40 KM from the warehouse in which the shipments are collated.

For more information on how the coffee is decaffeinated, take a look at the blog post here.

In the cup it's tough to tell this is a decaf – but that doesn't matter, because it's just so tasty! It has a very sweet and fruity feel to it. It tastes like blueberries and strawberries sprinkled in white sugar, alongside a big n' sticky strawberry jam mouthfeel.

  • Country: Colombia
  • State: Tolima
  • County: Herrera
  • Nearest town: Rioblanco
  • Coffee: El Meridiano
  • Producers' coop: 58 small coffee growers called ASOCEAS, “Asociacion de Productores de Café Especial de Alto Saldana”
  • Altitude: 1,500–1,900 m.a.s.l.
  • Varieties: Caturra (70%), Colombia (20%) and Typica (10%)
  • Processing method: washed in micro-mills at each farm
  • Drying method: sun-dried in greenhouses and on drying patios
  • Shade: 40% shade cover (Plantain, Cambulo, Chachafruto, Guamo)
  • Harvest: Main: October–January. Fly-crop: April–June
  • Decaffeination: Descafecol plant in Colombia – uses ethyl acetate derived from a natural source (sugarcane).

CUPPING NOTES

Blueberry, strawberry, white sugar, big mouthfeel, jam, sweet.

Clean cup: (1–8): 6
Sweetness: (18): 8
Acidity: (18): 6
Mouthfeel: (18): 7
Flavour: (18): 8
Aftertaste: (18): 6
Balance: (18): 6
Overall: (18): 7
Correction: (+36): +36

Total: (max. 100): 90

Roasting Information
If you hear the first pops of second crack, it's time to stop. This is a medium so as not to kill the complexity.

"Quick Look" Guide
Blueberry, strawberry, white sugar, big mouthfeel, jam, sweet.

Good filter?
Yes.

Good espresso?
Yes.

big mouthfeel, blueberry, jam, strawberry, sweet, white sugar,