Duromina, which means “to improve their lives” in the Afan Oromo language, is a coffee cooperative in southwestern Jimma Zone. Coffee has grown here for generations but was traditionally processed using the dry, natural method. Farmers paid little attention to quality control. Despite an ideal climate and altitude […]
Superlost Coffee is a new roaster in Brooklyn, New York, and today we’re featuring their inaugural batch, Solo Sábado. Solo Sábado is a Colombian coffee from Caicedonia an area known for its high altitude coffee. High-grown coffee yields less fruit on the plant, but it […]
region: Acevedo, Huila, Colombia
producer: John Torres, Maria Bercelia
elevation: 1600 – 1800 meters above sea level
cultivars: Caturra, Castillo, Colombia
process: fully washed, patio dried
The aroma of the Colombia La Marimba is bright, fragrant, and fruit-forward. Tropical stone fruit and citrus bring some liveliness amid musty wisps of black currant tea, baking spices, and sweet caramelized sugars.
The flavor is much livelier than the nose, though the notes from the aroma have carried through to the cup. It’s a lightly medium-bodied coffee that features a somewhat syrupy mouthfeel and a complex citric acidity. I’m picking up notes of papaya, apricot, orange, and nectarine, up front while heavier flavors of butterscotch, nougat, cocoa, cola, black currant, and Curacao (a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curacao) provide backbone.
New name – same approach to sourcing and roasting great coffees; Sey Coffee Roasters (formerly Lofted Coffee) provided us with an outstanding and uniquely profiled coffee in their Colombia La Marimba.
This was a sweet and fairly complex coffee, featuring bright and lively tropical fruit and stone fruit and thick, chewy flavors of nougat, cocoa, and black currant. The cup is structured tremendously, allowing both the bright, lively fruit flavors and the dense, heavy sugary flavors to both
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