Colombia RFA Excelso Huila Gran Galope

The Cup

Roast Level: Medium

Cupping Notes: Acidity: Medium || Body: Medium || Flavor: Toffee, nutty, lemon, berry, chocolate and tart

The Specs

Varietal Caturra, Typica
Proc Method Washed, sun dried
Harvest October-February
Certifications Rainforest Alliance(RFA)

The Story

The average coffee farmer in Cauca and Huila has about 1.5 hectares of coffee land and will produce about 50 bags of coffee per harvest. During the few months of harvest season, he or she will bring to town on a Saturday 10 or so bags of pergamino, or parchment coffee, to sell. We pay a premium based on cup scores. Higher score equals higher premium: 90 points is over $4.00. Above 88 points means a microlot premium, and 86 points equals our Regional Select premium.

Before Gran Galope, the other coffees, anything below 86 (that's where most of the coffee lies), recieved the FNC price or the posted street price. In today's market of about $1.20, this standard price is simply an unfortunate break-even price for an entire year's worth of what we all know is hard, committed, and disciplined work.

So today we are pulling out the top lots from those still-solid but lesser cupping coffees (think 84–85 points), paying a premium to the farmer and bulking them together to make full containers of delicious, rich chocolatey Colombian coffee.