La Virgen #2
Variety: Colombia, Caturra
Producer: Jaime Ariza
Origin: Antioquia, Colombia
Jaime did it again with this coffee - although it's a Caturra and Colombia mix, it tastes like it could be a Geisha! It's got a light body with winey red fruit and papaya characteristics, and loads of florals. La Virgen is owned by Jaime Ariza, but the processing is managed by his friend Juan Saldarriaga, who operates two more farms we're familiar with, La Claudina and El Encanto. La Virgen is part of the Coffee Growers Association, which is a group of producers in Antioquia who have come together to collaborate on different production methods and create a market for improved coffees from Antioquia. This particular lot is from a single day's production at La Virgen, and because it cupped so distinctively, Nordic decided to keep it as a separate lot for us all to enjoy!
The altitude and growing conditions paired with processing make it a pretty unique lot. The coffee is picked and sorted before being pulped and dry fermented for 24 hours. The coffee is then washed and dried on raised beds under shade for 22 days. We are always excited to feature Jaime and Juan's coffees and this one, in particular, is rich and complex with notes of tropical fruit. So many great Colombian coffees come through MCC, and La Virgen #2 stands out amongst the best of them!
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4.5 out of 5
i am already sad as this bag of La Virgen is getting smaller and smaller.. what a wonderful coffee.. just so smooth an drinkable yet with some hints of fruit. Really enjoying these beans
3.0 out of 5
This was very interesting to brew, but a little bit too complicated for me. The winey mouthfeel is pretty consistent, but I found it hard to bring out other flavors and was constantly trying to avoid forward bitterness. However, I found grind settings that gave me a distinct orange peel bitterness in Aeropress, which I've never tasted in coffee before. And in a pourover at a fine enough grind, the tannins become very distinctly tea-like.
4.0 out of 5
La Virgen #2
Another delicious Colombian from Moustache. Very smooth, with subtle tropical fruit tastes. While somewhat expensive, Moustache coffees allow you to drink 3rd Wave quality coffees--and a different variety every time--even if you live far from the coffee centers of America. All you need is a good grinder and a little time in the morning.