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Colombia San Miguel

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COLOMBIA

SAN MIGUEL

APPLE CRUMBLE, PEACH RINGS + GREEN PEAR

An impressively sweet and lively cup from Nariño! Our first Colombian coffee of the season amidst record high competition and a smaller than average harvest in this sought after zone. This amazing village lot shows raw sugar and honey sweetness and flavors of apple crumble, peach rings, and green pear.  Versatile!   

 


BEAN DETAILS:

ORIGIN: Vereda San Miguel, Colombia
PROCESS: Fully washed and dried on parabolic raised beds
TASTING NOTES: Apple crumble, peach rings, and green pear.
ROAST TYPE: Light

Farm Level

This is a blend made up from the coffees of three different small producers with coffee farms on the outskirts of Vereda San Miguel, not far from Buesaco town, in Colombia's Nariño Department. Last year the exporter we work with opened their own buying warehouse in town in order to have a more direct hand in how the coffee and payments are being managed. In addition to record market prices, this year we saw tough competition for an unseasonably low crop and the local price soared to prices we've never seen before. The margin between base price and micro-lot narrowed to such a degree that farmers have less incentive to separate out their best coffee for a meager second payment. I feel like this has been a running theme the past few years, but once again, we paid higher prices than ever for our Colombian coffees in order to maintain those longstanding relationships and get the coffees we want. The market has retracted quite a bit these last few weeks, and we're already starting to see the ripple effect on local prices for the later harvest Nariño coffees (which we're booking now). Hopefully, we see inflation trend the same direction and cost of production come down with it. Farms are typically planted in Caturra and Variedad Colombia (F4 and F6 types), grown at altitudes between 1700 and 2100 meters. Each contributing lot in this batch are fully washed, and were chosen to be blended based on all showing exemplary acidity for the region, along with fruited hints that led to a complex Colombian cup.

Brewing great coffee at home can be easy.  The essential tools are critical to making it happen.  They include:
  • Filtered water.  Spring water is ideal.  Removing chloride, sulfur, and iron is essential.
  • A burr grinder.  The more even the coffee particles, the better the coffee.  Burr grinders, whether manual or electric, will do a better job than "whirly-blade" grinders.  Invest in a burr grinder.  Your taste buds (and coffee roaster) will thank you.
  • A scale.  I know using a scale can seem a bit like you're doing something you shouldn't be.  Trust me, you can only brew consistently great coffee with a scale.  Water and coffee are hard to measure without one.
  • Clean equipment.  Properly cleaning your equipment is the only way to avoid stale and rancid coffee flavors entering your cup.  Please keep your equipment clean.  The sooner and more often you clean your gear, the easier it will be in the long run.  Add it to your ritual and thank us later.
  • Delicious and freshly roasted Color Coffee
Now that you have the tools, the rest is easy.  There are infinite numbers of ways to brew coffee.  Here are some of our favorites, with links to coffee professionals who we admire and trust:

IS YOUR COFFEE ORGANIC OR FAIR TRADE?

In many cases, yes. However, our first priority is quality and flavor. Sometimes these priorities align and our producers are certified organic and/or fair trade. We always pay well above fair trade rates (which are quite low and don’t guarantee sustainability or quality).

Often times, the producers we work with are too small to gain certifications. It’s expensive and laborious. Many of our producers are certified organic and fair trade, including many of our producers in Peru, Ethiopia, and Mexico.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME-FRAME TO DRINK MY COFFEE?

We recommend drinking our coffee within one month of the roast date. Most of our coffees taste best however within 2 - 14 days of roast date.

For espresso, we recommend using coffee that has rested at least 7 days after roast date. This is because coffee gives off CO2 after roasting that can interfere with extraction. One way to get around this is to let your ground espresso dose sit for 30-120 minutes before pulling the shot. Email info@colorroasters.com for more questions about this.

If you are pre-grinding the coffee, we recommend drinking the coffee within one week of grinding.

CAN YOU GRIND MY COFFEE ON WEB ORDERS?

Yes, we can. Please select how you want your coffee to be ground at the time you place your order. Simply click on the arrow beside "Grind" and make your selection. If you need help choosing let us know the brewing method you will be using to prepare the coffee, in the notes of the order. And we will be happy to grind the coffee for you on our commercial grinder.

DO YOU HAVE BREW RECIPES?

These are in the works! We are compiling a bunch and even shooting some video, to help you brew like us at home.

In the meantime...go here: Pour Overs Aeropress to get some expert advice.

MY COFFEE TASTES WEAK, WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

A weak brew could the result of a couple things.  First of all, you want to make sure you're using the proper amount of water and coffee.  If you use too much water or not enough coffee, you won't be able to get the strength you need.  A digital scale will ensure you can get the measurements right.  Start with 1 gram of coffee to 16 grams of water and adjust to taste!
The second problem could be a grind size that is too course.  If the coffee bits are too big, you won't be able to pull enough flavor out and the brew will taste weak.  In general for drip coffee, the grind size should be the size of beach sand.  You can also use the brew time to help judge if you're grind is correct.  Most brewing methods should take between 3 and 5 minutes.  If it's going faster than this, it's likely your grind size isn't fine enough.  Grind finer and taste it!

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