Villa Maria 2019
Origin: Huila, Colombia
Producers: Oscar Ferney Olarte
Cup Score (Importer): 88
Farm Size: 3 Hectares
Oscar comes from coffee-growing royalty in his area - his grandfather is known as "the Maestro of Pital" and has been growing coffee in the area since the 1950's. Despite the local name recognition, Oscar started small with just a single hectare of rocky soil and some Variedad Colombia trees - and has expanded his practice to produce some of the tastiest and most unique coffees coming out of Huila (in our humble opinion, anyways.) The club was so receptive to his lot last year that we knew we had to try out this year's offering, and we weren't disappointed! Oscar's commitment to quality production and processing has produced another delicious coffee - and we're happy to make it available to the club once again.
While the previous lot from Villa Maria sat heavy on the smooth, chocolatey register, this year's lot is a bit more lively when it comes to flavors. It could be that this lot is 100% Colombia varietal - but we're definitely noticing a lot more berry sweetness, and some guava-like tartness in the profile. There's still that solid chocolatey backing that was present last year, and which has become a staple of so many Colombian coffees - but 2019's Villa Maria definitely feels more complex. One of the great things about single-origin coffee is how it can change year over year. Expert producers like Oscar will always be putting out high quality beans with unique characteristics depending on the season - which makes every new lot a brand new adventure. We hope you enjoy, and do let us know what you think by leaving a review below!
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4.0 out of 5
Brewed in my French press. Extremely drinkable, but not the same depth of flavor of the previous Villa Maria batch (which was one of my faves!) Would absolutely drink again, but wouldn’t go out of my way to seek it out
4.5 out of 5
Villa Maria is a winner - a smooth, round, relatively full-bodied coffee. It has a nice roasty backbone, redolent of dark chocolate, with complexity added through subtle mid and high tones. Roasty, sweet, subtly tart. Great everyday coffee.