Colombian Finca El Libano
Colombian Finca El Libano One Roast
If I had a pound for every time someone has asked me for “a nice Colombian” over the last 20 years, I might be more inclined to upgrade my old banger! Don’t feel sorry for me, I actually love it for eccentric reasons.
We came across this coffee by strange accident. My first instincts were sheepish, to say the least. As always, the proof is in the pudding and the coffee quality is truly more impressive than the story.
Farmer: Javier Rubio Farm Size: 6 Hectares
Region Altosano- Tolima
Varietals: Caturra, Colombia, Typica
Altitude: 1780 Meters above sea level
Process: Fully washed (Fermentation 26 hours) Sun dried.
Sometimes the best coffees that we ever drink are because of balance. No extremes of any type. This was one of the “grab” moments with this lot for us. Sweet rounded tropical fruit sugars and a soft citrus finish. The low acidity means that this was an obvious candidate for espresso too and this is equally stunning in espresso as filter.
Filter: 55-70g per litre. Espresso 16-17g to 34/35g for milk based drinks around 30 secs & 35-37 seconds on espresso
Altosano is in the famous coffee belt of Colombia. What is unique is the fact that there are many small farms that are now getting remunerated properly for growing and processing speciality grade coffee. This is as opposed to low and quick cash solutions from large corporations that loose the individual identity of these small farms and the care taken. Over the coming months we are going to see more small farms from the area and share