This month sees the latest incarnation of the Dr Strangelove espresso; the Colombian Inza Cauca coffee is this season’s star of the show, bringing flavours of indulgent cherry fruit compote and smooth almond butter.
The coffee –
Once an area blighted by violence and guerrilla warfare, the Cauca region had few dealings within the specialty coffee market. In recent years, however, the influence and untapped earning potential of this market is having a drastic impact in the farming of coffee here. The neighbouring Santa Barbara Estate, for example, is one we have continued to buy coffee from year after year (Veracruz).
As well as this, the region is fast becoming a popular tourist destination following the accreditation of World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and the area’s importance as a wildlife and water reserve.
This particular coffee is a culmination of highly graded micro-lots grown within the two neighbouring municipalities of Pedregal & San Antonio. With every lot scoring above 85, this coffee is top of the crop, and it is evident in the cup.
The Strangelove espresso has a great balance of acidity, sweetness and body. A subtle almond nuttiness, biscuit, malts and cherry combine to create a biscotti and cherry compote pairing. Good with milk. Good without.
In the cup: Almond biscotti & cherry compote
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