Sebastian Gomez - Cold Natural
ROAST | LIGHT MEDIUM
ORIGIN | QUINDIO, ARMENIA, COLOMBIA
NOTES | TROPICAL, MANGO, WHITE PEACH, GUMMY BEARS, COMPLEX
When it comes to exceptional and experimental processing methods, Sebastian Gomez is a pioneer. He has been perfecting these unique methods on his farm in the southern region of Quindio for years, and we have had the privilege of featuring many such experiments in processing by Sebastian this year. With this lot, however, he really outdid himself. Although Cold Natural fermentation methods (more on what that means in a moment) are being implemented throughout the specialty coffee-growing world, you don't see many lots getting processed in this way in Colombia. The reason? Well... it's pretty hot there.
Processing: Thinking back to our high school science class, we know that bacteria must be present for fermentation to occur, and that bacteria - just like us - has to eat. And, also just like us, bacteria moves a little more slowly when it's cold! In a Cold Natural processing method, temperature is manipulated so that the bacteria's metabolism slows down, thus slowing down the fermentation time and producing a very specific flavor profile. If you're familiar with the beer world at all, Cold Natural processing is similar to lagering in that industry. Or, if you're more of a wine snob, you could also compare it to the way many white wines are fermented - in fact, Sebastian and his team often refer to their version as "white wine fermentation."
In the cup: That Cold Natural-specific flavor profile for which Sebastian was searching is embodied beautifully in this bright, clean, tropical cup. The fruited character is reminiscent of fleshy fruits on the white-orange spectrum, reminding us of mangoes and white peaches. This coffee is juicy and sweet, just like our beloved Haribo gummy bears. The whole experience is tropical, complex, and delightful - science lesson and all.
Producer | Sebastian Gomez
Farm | Finca La Divisa
Process | Cold Natural
Variety | Pink Bourbon
Elevation | 1800 masl
Note: We roast and ship Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Please place your order the day before the roast day you would like your order shipped on.