Milk chocolate covered red fruits is what Rutas del Inca continues to deliver. A delicious huckleberry jam tasting note pops moving to grape and finishing with a nutty finish.
In 2014, a coffee came across our cupping table from our sourcing partners at Susatinable Harvest. It was from a young cooperative called Rutas del Inca in Cajamarca, Peru. Time after time around the table, our roasters were drawn back to this amazing cup. Needless to say, over 6 harvests later we continue to enjoy this wonderful group of producers. Grown between 1,800-2,400 meters above sea level, this organic offering continues to win our hearts year after year.
In the cup expect everything wonderful about the traditional Brazil flavor profile: nutty, laden with various chocolates and a velvety mouthfeel. Unlike many large estates who tend to be more concerned with producing volume than quality, Sweet Blue exhibits clarified flavors. The nuttiness tastes like macadamia and the chocolate similar to a delicious dark cacao. Towards the finish - and particularly as it cools - anticipate dried fruits like raisins & figs to come to the surface. A daily drinker at the Roastery and one of Deb's absolute favorite coffees on our offering list.
Nearly 5 years ago, when we began our Limited Release program, a beautiful coffee from Brazil came across our cupping table. It blew our previous notions of lower elevation coffees away. It was clean, full-bodied and exceptionally robust. Since that first cupping, Sweet Blue has become a core offering. Daterra Estate is the only estate we've ever worked with due to their commitment to sustainable practices and care for our planet. They separate their lots by cup characteristics and processing methods, an organizational system we've never seen as intensive as it is at Daterra. Situated 1,150 meters above sea level, "Sweet Blue" is processed using a pulp-natural method before it is vacuum-sealed in 12-kilo bags to preserve freshness. This particular way to organize, manage and ensure quality showcases in the cup year after year.
Sweet and layered aromatics range from cardamom to spiced apple cider. An easy-drinker through and through. The cup pops with a sweet, pleasant nuttiness similar to macadamia nuts. The finish carries that fresh red apple cider taste making for an delicious coffee to crush mug after mug.
Our second offering from La Pradera! Elena, with her immense knowledge of specialty coffee in Colombia, introduced us to Hacienda La Pradera. From those first samples, we knew a longer term relationship was being born. Over the course of the last year, Dean at Ally Coffee Importers helped us develop that relationship.
Mildred Daza, owner with her husband Oscar of La Pradera, helps with administration and leads the women’s coffee project, Finca Santa Maria. A group of 22 women, all heads of their household, together operate the farm. We are proud to offer this delicious coffee for the next season!
The Castillo variety was grown at 1,800 meters above sea level and processed using the washed method.