Elkin Guzman Strawberry Catiope - Instant Coffee
SPECIALTY INSTANT COFFEE
ORIGIN | EL PORTAL, HUILA, COLOMBIA
NOTES | STRAWBERRY CREAMSICLE, ROSE, CLEMENTINE, ORANGE WINE
We took some of our favorite single origin coffees and made them into instant coffee! We put as much care into our instant coffee as we do our roasting and produce everything in house.
Take our instant and add hot water for instant coffee or even milk for an instant latte.
This item comes with 6 pouches that make 1 - 8oz cup each
Description of Coffee |
Fall may be forging forward, but we're still dreaming of sunny days and singing "Strawberry Fields Forever..."
Elkin Guzman comes from a storied history of coffee farming, processing, and selling - his family has been in the business for over 70 years, the latter twelve of which have been largely dedicated to pioneering and perfecting post-harvest processing techniques. For his part, Elkin has championed these efforts, combining different approaches to fermentation and drying techniques which complement the inherent characteristics of each individual lot from their farm in the small village of El Portal, Colombia.
For this Catiope lot, Elkin chose a unique and innovative processing method he calls, "Strawberry Natural." In this process, only coffee cherries which measure above 20 degrees Brix are harvested. They then undergo two rounds of sorting (via flotation and by hand) before being placed in plastic tanks to ferment for 60 hours. After this initial bout of fermentation, a mother culture of microorganisms is added to the tanks. These microorganisms have been fed molasses and strawberries for four days prior to encountering the coffee cherries, which gives them energy for fermentation and contributes flavor to the lot. The coffee is then left to ferment with this strawberry-infused culture for an astonishing 270 hours before being dried on raised beds until it reaches 10.5-11% humidity.
You may have already guessed by now, but it's probably worth noting: this is not a purist's coffee. This coffee pushes the boundaries of what coffee is and what it "should" taste like, and that is the very reason we are so excited to share it with you! It is profoundly flavorful, and the dominant flavor characteristic is... wait for it... strawberries. In the cup, it reminded us of strawberry creamsicle. There are also floral and citrus characteristics, which we perceived as rose and clementine, with a bright, crisp finish that reminds us of orange wine.
Farm | Finca El Mirador
Producer | Elkin Guzman
Process | Strawberry Natural
Variety | Catiope
Elevation | 1550 - 1750 masl