Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Colombia Narino Taminango

One of the coffees we have On Siphon this week is Colombia Narino Taminango.

This coffee was the effort of several smallholder farms in the Taminango area. Their close proximity to the equator creates a micro-climate that is perfect at these extremely high altitudes. All processing is basic and efficient, but their eye for clean coffee produces world class results.

In the cup it's aromatic caramel and crème brûlée drifting to your nose. Asian pear, and sweet green grape carry through the cup on a bed of sweet hazelnut and light brown sugar. Yum!

Friday, February 01, 2013

Nicaragua Finca Maria - Miguel Angel Martinez

Finca La Maria is in the municipality of Las Nubes in Dipilto area, located in the Nueva Segovia region of northwestern Nicaragua. Miguel Angel Martinez is the farmer at La Maria, and this farm was the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence winner in 2011. The family does all the work on the farm except in harvest time when Miguel hires 10 to 12 pickers. La Maria is planted with several cultivars but this lot is pure Maracaturra, a large bean variety of coffee that is a cross between Caturra and Maragogype.

In the cup it's apricot and pineapple with a honey-brown sugar sweetness, hints of cocoa, and hazelnut. Sweet and pleasurable.