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Halfwit Coffee Roasters // Rwanda Kanzu LOT 12

Halfwit Coffee Roasters // Rwanda Kanzu LOT 12

The Kanzu washing station can be found in Nyamasheke, tucked away in a valley in the middle of the Congo-Nile Mountain Chain. Situated on the shores of Lake Kivu, the area is often called the Switzerland of Rwanda, and the coffees produced here evoke that […]

“Craft Coffee: A Manual” // Jessica Easto

“Craft Coffee: A Manual” // Jessica Easto

Thanks to a small but growing number of dedicated farmers, importers, roasters, and baristas, coffee quality is at an all-time high. But for nonprofessionals, achieving café quality at home can seem out of reach. With dozens of equipment options, conflicting information on how to use […]

Halftwit Coffee Roasters // Colombia La Laguna

Halftwit Coffee Roasters // Colombia La Laguna

It’s no secret why Colombian coffees grown in the department of Huila are highly prized – bright yet structured acidities and velvety mouthfeel combine to create a beautifully balanced cup. They remain approachable enough for the everyday drinker, but complex enough for those seeking something unique. Coffees from Huila are undoubtedly the best of Colombian coffee – the Andes mountains carve their way through the region, and the high altitude coupled with diverse microclimates ensure first-class coffee growing conditions. 95% of the coffees grown in Huila are high quality, highly traceable microlots. In the area surrounding the town of Timaná, farmers grow primarily Caturra varietal, which is generally regarded as having better cup quality though it is less resistant to disease. This offering from Finca La Laguna was processed in the traditional Colombian style, depulped onsite and fermented in small, tiled tanks that hold a single day’s harvest. The coffee is then washed up to five times before going to the patio, helping to create a very clean and stable cup.*

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Colombia La Laguna, from Halfwit Coffee Roasters in Chicago, Illinois, courtesy of Craft Coffee. Feel free to pull up a chair.

THEDETAILS

region: Timaná, Huila, Colombia
farm: Colombia La Laguna
producer: N/A
association: N/A
elevation: 12000 – 2000 meters above sea level
cultivars: Caturra, Colombia, Castillo
process: fully washed, patio dried

CUPPINGNOTES

The aroma of the Colombia La Laguna is so sweet, so fragrant. Sweet baked goods, molasses, ginger, apple, grape, and white wine…

This is a beautiful coffee, right out of the gate; I actually exclaimed “wow” after my first sip. It’s on the lighter side of a medium body, possessing a silky mouthfeel with a bright, lively white wine acidity. Flavors of unrefined sugar, crisp green grape, and candy apple sweetness on top, held up by bakers chocolate, anise, hazelnut, molasses, toffee, and toasty cinnamon beneath.

FINALTHOUGHTS

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen a recent tweet about this coffee, in which I boldly proclaim, “I’m just gonna say it. The Colombia La Laguna…is THE BEST coffee from @HalfWitCoffee I’ve had yet.” I’ve had a LOT of coffees from Halfwit; in fact, I think Halfwit has been featured on the Table more than any other roaster. So I know my tweet is a bold proclamation, but it’s one I’m standing behind.

Halfwit Coffee Roasters’s Colombia La Laguna is the best offering I’ve had from them yet. For a coffee that was so bright and lively, it was structured very well; it had great balance, with its effervescence being contrasted by its heavy, chewy flavors of toffee and molasses. Moreover, it was just a damn tasty coffee.

*content courtesy of Halfwit Coffee Roasters

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Half Acre Beer Company // Shrub Tundra Coffee Brown Ale

Half Acre Beer Company // Shrub Tundra Coffee Brown Ale

Shrub Tundra is an American Brown Ale, infused with coffee from Half Acre’s longtime collaborators, Dark Matter Coffee Company. The coffee was grown on the slopes of Finca San Jeronimo Miramar, in Atitlan, Guatemala. Whenever these two giants of Chicago-based imbibery get together, magic happens, […]

Halfwit Coffee Roasters // Ecuador Gilda Carrascal

Halfwit Coffee Roasters // Ecuador Gilda Carrascal

The country of Ecuador lies along the Andean mountain range, nestled between Peru and Colombia. With primarily heirloom varietals, small family farms, and altitude in abundance, Ecuador has the foundation to produce some of the world’s finest coffees. However, the coffee industry there has mainly […]