Colombian Tolima - Micro-lot, Organic
Shade Grown, Fully Washed, Sun Dried
Balanced, sweet, notes of cherry, orange, and caramel
This wonderful Organic Micro-Lot Colombian coffee is the result of a producer association comprised of 35 members located within the Montalvo area of Planadas, south Tolima province.
The association not only preserves the environment through responsible and sustainable agricultural practices, but also improves the quality of life for the small group of farmers and their families through education and financial investment.
General Flavor Observations
Colombian Tolima - Organic
Colombian Tolima is a smooth, medium-bodied coffee with a surprising sweetness. The body is well balanced by a refined acidity and crisp finish.
The aroma, when grinding, offers prominent notes of orange along with an elusive nuttiness.
When brewing, the nuttiness becomes more evident and entices you as you wait for the wonderful cup that is to follow.
The acidity is quite nice and what you would expect from a premium Colombian coffee. The overall profile is a well-balanced and smooth cup with a tapered and dry finish.
For those who are partial to Colombian coffees, this fine offering from Tolima will not disappoint!
Roast Level Profile Notes Colombian Tolima - Organic
My preferred roast level for this lot of Colombian Tolima coffee is a Full City
roast for the best balance between body, sweetness, and brightness.
It will do well when roasted from City to Full City (+). The darker roasts could work as well, but it seems to me to lose a bit of it's character and charm.
We are always happy to accommodate any roast level you prefer.
The notes below illustrate how the various roast levels will change the profile:
City Roast (light roast)
This roast level will yield a very bright cup with notes of Graham cracker, almond, cocoa powder, and a prominent orange fruity tone. The finish will be quite sharp and dry (think dry white wine). This roast will be adventurous, but a great choice if you want pure origin characteristics.
Full City Roast (medium roast) - Preferred
This is the roast level where I feel the Colombian really shines. Medium bodied, smooth mouth-feel, nice roundness with notes of walnut, baker's chocolate, and orange. The finish is clean, dry, and where the orange notes shine. This is the roast level for the best experience and balance of sweetness, body, mouth-feel and profile.
Full City (+) Roast
This roast level will provide a bit of a deeper body and silkiness. The orange notes transform into more of a cherry-like red fruit. The acidity is tempered and the finish long and clean. If you want a more dark chocolate experience with your Colombian, then this is a good choice. This roast will also work quite well as a single origin espresso!
Colombian Tolima - Organic
Quality coffle from the Tolima area predominantly comes from small farms, in small micro-lots via cooperatives.
- Origin: Colombia
- Region: Tolima
- Traceable: Smallholder farmers
- Number of member farms: 35 in 18 villages
- Elevation: 3,900 - 6,200 ft
- Process: Fully Washed
- Drying: Sun Dried
- Arabica Varietal: 9% Typica, 74% Caturra, 17% Castillo