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Superlost Coffee // Hatch Comic

A few months ago, Superlost Coffee sent me their inaugural roast, Solo Sábado, for review. I was intrigued by the coffee; it was a decent coffee that could have been better if roasted just a touch longer. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who provided this sort of feedback, so Superlost re-calibrated for their next coffee, Hatch Comic. The second official batch is a collaboration with Bushwick artist Rachel Robeson Adler—who designed the image featured on this bag—and is named for her website.

Hatch Comic is is a collection from a few neighboring farms in Valle de Cauca, Colombia. The region is also known as the Pacific Door of Colombia. Several years ago the region was shadowed by guerrilla wars, however presently the region is now flourishing with high quality coffee producing farms.

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re cupping Hatch Comic, from Superlost Coffee in Brooklyn, New York. Feel free to pull up a chair.

THEDETAILS

region: Valle de Cauca, Colombia
farm: N/A
producer: smallholder farmers
association: N/A
elevation: 1400 – 1900 meters above sea level
cultivars: Caturra, Colombia, Castillo
process: fully washed, patio dried

CUPPINGNOTES

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.

FINALTHOUGHTS

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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