Tasting Notes: Sweet Chocolate / Caramel / Red Fruits
Origin: Colombia [El Pital, Huila]
Cultivar: Caturra, Colombia
When Elias Roa bought Finca Tamana in 2011 most of the farm was planted with the two cultivars Caturra and Variedad Colombia. Since then the Caturra trees have been attacked by leaf rust almost every year and the quality and production has therefore been a bit up and down. The variedad Colombia is resistant to leaf rust and has consistently been tasting better compared to the Caturra over the years. That is why we have recommended Elias to replant most of his Caturra trees with either resistant hybrid cultivars or better tasting traditional cultivars like Bourbon and SL28.
There are still some Caturra left on the farm and probably always will be, but since the production is very small and the flavour is very similar to the Variedad Colombia we are normally blending the two based on harvest date and quality. In general the lots we buy from Tamana are mixed like this because separating them in to daily pickings is normally not practical in terms of milling, packing, etc. I still feel that we are able to preserve the uniqueness in these coffees and this lot is an excellent example of the «standard» quality from Tamana.
2020 turned out to be a good year for quality with good growing conditions that resulted in an overall high quality of the coffees from Tamana. You can really taste more fruit in this harvest compared to the 2019 harvest.
In addition to good growing conditions Elias started using his new eco-mill which contributed to very consistent quality. He is now fermenting his coffees in stainless steel tanks and using a mechanical mucilage remover to wash the coffees. Still the coffees are soaked in clean water over night before it gets dried under shade, but the new mill has greatly reduced the water usage on the farm.