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region: Valle de Cauca, Colombia
producer: smallholder farmers
elevation: 1400 – 1900 meters above sea level
cultivars: Caturra, Colombia, Castillo
process: fully washed, patio dried
Hatch Comic’s aroma is sweet and pleasant; and it comes wafting out of the bag with mellow scents of chocolate, vanilla, dried red fruit, and cashews.
The flavor isn’t very robust, but it follows the nose. It’s a medium-bodied coffee with a creamy mouthfeel. The first sip, much like the aroma, features some chocolate goodness up front. It’s milk chocolate, but it also has a bit of that dry cocoa powder in the finish. The roasted cashew flavors (not to mention peanut shell and a bit of a papery taste) also contribute to the dryness. As it cools, a bit of a tart cherry pie flavor comes forward—cherry, buttered crust, vanilla… At room temperature, this cup is cranberry and date, with a subtle tangerine acidity.
When I reviewed Solo Sábado my only criticism was that the coffee was underdeveloped—though it was a good cup overall! Superlost took that feedback to heart and re-calibrated for their second batch. The resulting coffee, Hatch Comic, was more fully developed though I hesitate to say it offered a better cupping experience; it was a different cupping experience.
In this particular case, though, the roastmaster didn’t contribute to the cupping experience as much as the coffee did on its own. Coffees from the Valle de Cauca region are typically pretty mellow, subtle affairs—at least in my experiences with them here at the Table over the past several years. Initially, I was underwhelmed because I was assuming Superlost was going to send me a bright, lively, fruity coffee; but Hatch Comic is a good coffee, and is a great example of a traditional Colombian breakfast coffee. It’s not going to dazzle your taste buds, but it provides a tasty cup that will get your morning started off right.
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