Jose Salazar - Colombia COE #6
ROAST | LIGHT
ORIGIN | PITALITO, HUILA, COLOMBIA
NOTES | HONEY, TINNED PINEAPPLE, TROPICAL FRUIT
The Cup of Excellence (COE) competition began in 1999 and was established in Colombia in 2005. This competition brings together thousands of coffee producers who submit their highest performing coffees to be judged by an expert tasting panel. Winners of this competition have gained long-term and high-paying partnerships with some of the best coffee roasters in the world. We have been lucky enough to carry a few of the high-ranking COE coffees from Colombia in the past, and we are excited to offer our newest COE coffee to you!
Jose and his wife Marina run and operate Finca la Guaca, a 7-hectare farm and washing station in Huila, Colombia. They have owned the farm for 20 years and have expanded their number of coffee trees, adding different varieties along the way. The farm currently produces Pink and Red Bourbon, Caturra, Castillo, and an extremely rare heirloom variety he named Ají. Ají means chili pepper in Spanish and Jose chose this name because the coffee cherries smell like spicy red peppers when they are harvested. Based on genetic testing, this coffee was determined to be a previously undiscovered heirloom variety from Ethiopia.
Despite the spicy scent of this coffee as it is being harvested, we find the flavor profile to be exceptionally sweet and fruity. Honey sweetness is the first flavor you will taste as you sip. The complex fruit flavors present in the cup remind us of tinned pineapples and fresh tropical fruits. In a word, this coffee is ridiculous.
Farm: Finca La Guaca
Producer: Jose Hernán Salazar Benavides
Elevation: 1859 masl