Reserve Series #1
Reserve Series #1 – Colombia El Carmen, Sotará, Cauca
We’ve been really excited about this first Reserve Series coffee, and we’re thrilled to be able to share it with you. We work quite closely with the great folks at Café Imports, and when they told us about this competition they had set up in Colombia in 2014 we were intrigued. 2015 was the second year and they made a sweet video to explain how the Best Cup competition works.
The El Carmen group, also known as the Asociación de Mujeres Productoras Agropecuarias del Carmen Sotará, (or AMPACS) is a female producer group in Sotará, a town that is situated about 35km south from the capital of Cauca state, Popayán. The founders are community leaders who manage resources and projects for their coffee producers, striving after increased quality and increased production. Both of these outcomes are intrinsically linked to better financial rewards for the women who grow this coffee, as well as opening up as new markets (like us and you) and new opportunities.
AMPACS have set up a dedicated training facility to improve yield and quality, and the results shine through in this stellar cup. The coffee is a mix of Castillo and F6 varietals, and is grown at 2,000 metres above sea level. 2000m is a big altitude for coffee, and at these heights, the fruit tends to mature slowly, which gives the potential for awesome complexity. This coffee has complexity and then some.
There’s a huge blast of chewy florals (we got hibiscus, jasmine & honeysuckle), a sweet licquorice caramel body, some lovely white grape crispness and such a balance and complexity that we knew that it was the perfect coffee to launch the Reserve series. This placed in the Top 12 of the 545 lots entered in the Cauca Best Cup competition, and the price was 2.5 times the price that would have been paid if the coffee had sold in the local market. We know that this is the most expensive coffee on our store, but trust us, it’s totally worth it.
We’re really pleased to be able to share it with you. Click here to find it in the shop.