Colombia Inga Aponte - 12 oz.
Tasting Notes: Milk Chocolate, Cherry, Tangerine
This coffee from the Aponte microregion of Nariño, Colombia is a wonderful triumph from producers that have endured several environmental and socio-economic hardships including earthquakes and violent regional conflicts on their path to coffee farming.
The Inga community is comprised of descendants of the ancient, pre-hispanic Incas. During the period of conquest, this community remained isolated high in the mountains that became their natural refuge. This community did not resume significant contact with the rest of Colombia until the second half of the nineteenth century.
The Caturra variety has been planted in the Inga territory at an average of 2150 meters above sea level. This elevation, combined with the Galeras Volcano constantly shedding nutrient-rich ash, makes for an exceptionally complex and sweet coffee.
In the Cup
Brewed as a drip coffee, we experience high levels of jammy cherry sweetness, a full body that reminds us of silky milk chocolate, and clean tangerine acidity in the finish. Overall the cup is balanced, clear, and endlessly enjoyable. As espresso, the sweet fruit notes brighten and intensify while still remaining balanced. The caffeination level feels lightly giggly and euphoric.
Origin & Processing
Most coffees from Colombia are processed using the traditional washed method. This lot, however, goes through a more complex honey process that involves leaving the bean to dry in its mucilage for 20-45 days, using the heavy, cold winds of the region to help promote an even drying process.