Roast: Medium light
Body: Rich, fruity
Acidity: Medium high
Notes: Orange, ginger, allspice
Aftertastes: Citrus, lilac
Though sourced from the heartland of Colombia's agricultural region, this roast from Efrain Barrera's La Palma Y El Tucan mill in Cudinamarca is far from your typical Colombian; with an airy, open body reminiscent of a Jamaican Blue Mountain, these beans are neither earthy, nor nutty, nor acidic (three staples of Colombian roasts)! Highlights of the roast are a high, nigh overpowering acidity (which might not be a highlight for everyone), sweet, juicy tones bringing apple juice to mind, and a deep, perfumy aroma including lilac, lavender, and allspice.
Though the flavor profile of this roast may not be appealing to some, the issue it represents is a noteworthy one. Due to the overbearing commodity prices but lack of benefits imposed by the Colombian Coffee Federation, the past 15-30 years has seen a significant decline in the quality/volume of exported Colombian beans. Efrain Barrera and the La Palma team sought out to create a local, traditional-style mill that could circumvent their detrimental middleman; this project resulted in a rich, flavorful roast that will undoubtedly kickstart a new era for Colombian coffee!
Thanks to our friends at Corvus Coffee for sending these over!