Villa Maria

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<b>Variety: </b> Caturra
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<b> Processing: </b> Washed
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<b> Origin: </b>  Huila, Colombia
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<b> Producers:</b> Oscar Ferney Olarte
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<b> Altitude: </b> 1682m
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<p>Huila is one of the most productive departments in Colombia for coffee by volume, and while you would expect that to mean large-scale commodity production, the vast majority of farms in Huila are small, family-owned operations between 1-3 hectares. These Caturra beans were grown on one such farm: Oscar Ferney Olarte's Finca Villa Maria in the Pital municipality. This coffee was wet processed in the traditional Colombian way with a 22-hour fermentation before drying for fifteen days on raised beds. Huila gets a decent amount of rain, so most drying facilities are covered to help regulate moisture content. In addition to raking the coffee to ensure even drying, workers will often adjust the amount of shade and ventilation the cover provides to control the drying process as much as possible. It's a lot of variables to keep track of, but careful attention to the drying process can make or break the final flavors in a coffee. 
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Villa Maria tastes like a Colombian coffee through and through - which means plenty of hefty flavors to go around. In our cup, we're picking up on nuttiness, a dark chocolate note, and just a little citrus acidity.  It reminds us of old school diner coffee in the best way - smooth, rich, no-nonsense flavor that you can depend on. Brew a cup, give it a taste, and let us know what you think! 
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Tasting Notes: Nutty, Chocolate, Citrus

Variety: Caturra

Processing: Washed

Origin: Huila, Colombia

Producers: Oscar Ferney Olarte

Altitude: 1682m

Huila is one of the most productive departments in Colombia for coffee by volume, and while you would expect that to mean large-scale commodity production, the vast majority of farms in Huila are small, family-owned operations between 1-3 hectares. These Caturra beans were grown on one such farm: Oscar Ferney Olarte's Finca Villa Maria in the Pital municipality. This coffee was wet processed in the traditional Colombian way with a 22-hour fermentation before drying for fifteen days on raised beds. Huila gets a decent amount of rain, so most drying facilities are covered to help regulate moisture content. In addition to raking the coffee to ensure even drying, workers will often adjust the amount of shade and ventilation the cover provides to control the drying process as much as possible. It's a lot of variables to keep track of, but careful attention to the drying process can make or break the final flavors in a coffee.

Villa Maria tastes like a Colombian coffee through and through - which means plenty of hefty flavors to go around. In our cup, we're picking up on nuttiness, a dark chocolate note, and just a little citrus acidity. It reminds us of old school diner coffee in the best way - smooth, rich, no-nonsense flavor that you can depend on. Brew a cup, give it a taste, and let us know what you think!

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Fred Miller

New York

Member Since
March '19
9stars c58729f5103ff4590617db3549eb955fdf8c2b8a5189f5adb5f5c5b2399e076c

More robust

This was the best coffee so far in my subscription. The prior coffees were too light less robust. I hope to receive more of this type.

05/13/19

Ryan Jackson

Simi Valley

Member Since
March '16
10stars b7d0bda0310969033433830e28a863844525eed66031a28909e01440c470fc80

Great

I've really been loving the columbian coffees over the african ones lately. Light and smooth finish and no aftertaste.

05/13/19

Florinda Vasquez

Simi Valley

Member Since
December '18
10stars b7d0bda0310969033433830e28a863844525eed66031a28909e01440c470fc80

New favorite

Probably my favorite coffee in my subscription so far. Feel free to send it any time it's in stock--I just started my first bag and have already put another in my queue!

05/18/19

Jeff Walter

Branford

Member Since
February '17
8stars 30f964d825671e936496b1e9b91652b236d1338f7f157d183e3d5d7bf6dc5a84

Who knew? Diner coffee is good! :)

The comment of "old-school diner" coffee had me in the description, along with the tasting reference to chocolate. Another roaster I value for their offerings describes their similar style roast as a really good "truck stop coffee". In past days, I would have snubbed my nose at trying "diner" or "truck stop" coffee, but from quality roasters it is a different story. The flavors of Villa Maria are smooth and approachable with a touch of acidity and citrus finish. Brewing and savoring each cup is a joy. I will take a shipment anytime it is available.

05/22/19

On 05/22/19 BJ says

Hey Jeff, Glad you liked it! It's definitely a strange descriptor, but one that we feel makes some sense here. When people think of diner coffee they tend to think of something smooth and full, which this coffee presents in the best way possible. Glad you gave it a shot! You can get repeat shipments in your subscription by clicking the "add to my queue" button. Cheers!