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Share Coffee Roasters // Pickup Espresso

Share Coffee Roasters // Pickup Espresso

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Share Coffee Roasters // Rwanda Kanzu

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Share Coffee Roasters // Colombia Orlando Valenzuela

Share Coffee Roasters // Colombia Orlando Valenzuela

Coming from the region of Huila, Orlando Valenzuela’s coffee is grown with care and pride to express the potential of the excellent conditions of this coffee producing region. Huila, located near Narino and Cauca, produces some of the finest Colombian coffees, and Orlando’s takes a prime spot in a series of small lots from this area of Colombia. The coffee is 100% Caturra, varietal, and is manually depulped, carefully washed and dried before dry-milling and export. The investments in farming and processing practices Orlando have made make an positive impact on cup quality, expressing the quality potential in coffees from Huila.

Coffee from Colombia can be some of the most vibrant, rich and expressive coffee in the world. Harvest season in Colombia is always an exciting time, as we hear word about where the best coffees are, what kinds of issues have faced farmers and producers’ associations during the year. We also get to see how some of our favourite coffees have changed through the year. We generally buy coffees from a few different areas (called departments) in Southern Colombia – Huila, Nariño, Cauca, Tolima, among others. This coffee is part of a presentation of several micro-lots from these regions, with the intent to showcase regional differences. These small lots have been chosen from among the best in their area.*

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Colombia Orlando Valenzuela, from Share Coffee Roasters in Hadley, Massachusetts. Feel free to pull up a chair.

THEDETAILS

origin: Los Laureles, Bruselas, Huila
farm: Orlando Valenzuela microlot
producer: Orlando Valenzuela
association: N/A
elevation: 1600 meters above sea level
cultivars: Yellow Caturra, Red Caturra
process: fully washed, patio dried

CUPPINGNOTES

The aroma of the Colombia Orlando Valenzuela is bright and sweet, with scents of tropical fruits, citrus, and sugar brownings. Red berries, grapefruit, toffee, and brown sugar.

While the aroma indicated that the coffee would be sweet, it’s actually much sweeter than I initially thought it would be. This is a creamy, medium-bodied coffee that starts out with caramel, cane sugar, and white chocolate. It has something of a creme brulee taste to it. Beneath these sugary flavors are silky pomegranate, red apple, strawberry, and red grape flavors. As the cup cools, the coffee takes a left turn and becomes surprisingly tart as sharp, biting grapefruit acidity emerges and flows down the center and sides of my tongue, ending with a crisp, clean finish.

FINALTHOUGHTS

Share Coffee’s Colombia Orlando Valenzuela was a great example of just how incredibly unique and diverse from one another coffees from Colombia’s Huila region can be. This coffee was tremendous – a real stunner, offering a unique cupping experience.

Exceptionally sugary sweet white chocolate and toffee, bolstered up by further sweet and juicy red fruit flavors. Then the coffee threw me a real curveball with its particularly tart grapefruit acidity.

I really enjoyed this coffee. It’s one that kept me on my toes and dazzled my taste buds from the first sip to the last drop.

*content courtesy of Dispatch Coffee

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