Colombia Nariño Veredas Vecinos

Colombia Nariño Veredas Vecinos

Farm Description

This blend of coffee from Nariño is made up from the producers of neighboring towns, or "Veredas" as they're called in Colombia. Hence the name, "Veredas Vecinos", or "neighboring towns". The Department of Nariño lies in southwestern Colombia, hugging both the Pacific Ocean and Ecuadorian border. Unlike most other growing areas in Colombia who have two harvests each year, Nariño generally has one single "main" harvest. The middle harvest, or "mitaca", is very very small, and does not generally produce exportable volumes. The veredas we are buying from are mostly in the northern part of the region and include La Union, Buesaco, Taminango, and more. Nariño is in close proximity to the equator and it's normal to see coffee grown at very high altitudes (2000 - 2100 meters above sea level). The way we make up these regional blends is by cupping several samples from the individual farms, separating out those that meet a certain cup criteria, and then blending them together. It's a great benefit to us (and not to mention the cup) having this level of quality control with our Colombian blends. This is a wet-processed coffee, most farmers using old style hand-cranked pulpers, fermenting and washing in the same tank (the first pic is of a dual-use tank), and then drying out on raised, covered beds.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

Vereda Vecinos offers fruited intensity amidst a backdrop of raw sugar and nut, subtle top notes sensed all along the way. The dry fragrance entry point to this coffee has an applie-like smell that verges on just beyond peak ripeness. That slight wineyness gives this coffee and edge in comparison to more basic core coffee flavors, and intense sweetness provides a necessary backing, even in light roasting. The cup moves from caramel-coated almond flavor that brings candied sweetness to the coffee, to a tart green apple note and surprising malic impressions. City and City+ roasting highlight the latter aspect, constructing the brightest cup in relation to fruited notes and sweetness. Wine notes sensed early on gain prominence at Full City, and come off like cider apples that have slightly fermented. The finish has a graphite aspect too, not drying per se, but just a little on the tannic side that pulls at your tongue. We're happy with how this custom blend landed, and its fruit forward profile really stands out among many of the other regional blends.

September 2017 Arrival

Score

87

Lot Size

45 x 70 kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City to Full City+ - fruited quality comes through across a wide roast range

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Catuai     Caturra     Typica     Variedad Colombia    

Grade & Appearance

Estate; .7 d/300gr, 15+ Screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Available in 50 pound GrainPro packages for $208.50 ($4.17/pound) and in 100 pound GrainPro packages for $402.00 ($4.02/pound). Note that 100 pound bags must ship freight. Also available as a 300g sample.
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Iglesia de Buesaco in the town square

Harvest was still well underway

Productores Aliados outside Buesaco

Ripening Caturra shrub at one of the local farms