Crop Year: 2017
Origin: Huila, Colombia
Producers: Jorge Plaza
More than 83,000 families in the Huila department's gorgeous hills and valleys grow specialty coffee, according to the Huila department's governor. The region has long been heralded as a leader in Colombia's stellar specialty coffee production, and shows no signs of slowing down. As more and more farmers begin investing in processing equipment and experimenting with new methods, the quality of coffees available has skyrocketed, giving us some really great options to share with the club!
One of our favorites from Huila so far is this lot of Castillo coffee from Jorge Plaza. It's a washed lot, which is fermented for 36 hours before transferring to patios where it is turned and dried over the course of 13 days. This process allows some really bright fruit flavors to stand out in every cup, which is something we're big fans of. A nice tangerine note plays the main role here, giving the cup a great balance of sweetness and citrus-like acidity. A green apple note gives the cup a little more tartness, and a bit of caramel flavor smooths out the aftertaste. We'd love to hear more about how you enjoy a cup of Plaza, review your brews below!