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Colombia Solsticio - Mixed Fermentation

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COLOMBIA

SOLSTICIO

BERRY JAMS, PASSION FRUITS, GRAPE + CARAMEL

Colombia Solsticio is a fruity, mixed fermentation community blend developed by Coffee Quest in Gigante, Huila. This innovative coffee offers flavors of berry jams, passion fruits, grape, and caramel, while maintaining a clean profile without excessive fermentation notes.  

 


BEAN DETAILS:

ORIGIN: Gigante, Huila, Colombia
PRODUCERS: Coffee Quest
VARIETY: Castillo
ALTITUDE: 1700-2000 masl
PROCESS: see Farm Level
TASTING NOTES: Berry jams, passion fruits, grape, and caramel.
ROAST TYPE: Light

Farm Level

Colombia Solsticio: A Mixed Fermentation Community Blend

Introduction:
Colombia Solsticio is a fruity, mixed fermentation community blend developed by Coffee Quest. This innovative coffee offers flavors of berry jams, passion fruits, grape, and caramel, while maintaining a clean profile without excessive fermentation notes.  It's smooth and sweet with a soft mouthfeel like apple butter.  

Origin and Elevation:
- Location: Gigante, Huila, Colombia
- Elevation: 1,700 - 2,000 m.a.s.l.

Processing:
Solsticio undergoes a unique three-stage fermentation process designed by Coffee Quest's R&D team at their Processing HQ – Los Patios.

Stage 1:
- Aerobic fermentation of at least 12 hours at the farm
- Cherries are then de-pulped and brought to Los Patios

Stage 2:
- Development of fruity and tropical notes using Coffee Quest's proprietary "Fruit Juice" recipe
- External controlled fermentation of the "Fruit Juice" solution

Stage 3:
- Addition of the "Fruit Juice" to the de-pulped cherries
- Mixed fermentation: 5 hours aerobic, followed by 12 hours anaerobic

Drying and Storage:
- Controlled drying at Los Patios for 12-16 days with constant movement
- Coffee is dried to 10-11% moisture
- Stored and stabilized in GrainPro bags to improve and enhance the profile

Quality Control:
Coffee Quest prioritizes both cup quality and physical bean quality, aiming to create a unique and replicable profile while preserving the bean's integrity and embryo.

Varieties:
The lot consists of various varieties, with Castillo being the primary one.

Future Prospects:
Coffee Quest views Solsticio as the first step in their Coffee Design and Production Development initiative, focusing on creating clean yet complex cups with immense fruit character.

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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