Caturra, Castillo, Bourbon, Colombia
Dry Fermented, Washed, Dried on Raised Beds
April - July 2019
PILLIMUE FARMERS GROUP
To reach the remote province of Inzà in southwestern Colombia, you can follow the wide rivers that cut through the steep peaks of Cauca. Crossing over suspension bridges, you’ll reach one of the many small villages that make up this unique coffee growing region. High elevations, a cool climate, and a seedstock of traditional varieties define the syrupy sweet profile of this high valley.
This is our second release of the season from Inzá and comes to us from the Pillimue Farmers Group, an unofficial association of neighbors organized by the Pillimue family. Inzá’s isolation has allowed it to retain a more traditional coffee landscape, preserving varieties that can often no longer be found in much of the country. And this coffee features some of our favorites.
A collection of lots grown primarily in the villages of Belen, San Antonio and Agua Blanca, Organic Colombia Inza Belen also represents an experiment in sorting by seed size. We worked closely with our exporter, Pergamino, to separate out individual bags, giving us the unique opportunity to taste by screen size. Like hearing an individual note in a chord, this gives us a cup that’s crisp and articulate. We’ve also found that greater uniformity in seed size improves evenness and consistency when we roast, allowing us to find that perfect sweet spot for each batch.
Our engagement with coffee quality doesn’t start with roasting, and this year's seed separation is just one example of how we can work with our partners to push quality forward together.
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