Colombia Jose Toro
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This is our first time purchasing Jose Toro's coffee, but it certainty won't be the last. This coffee distinguished itself on the cupping table amongst other top tier Nariño coffees for its symmetry of sweetness and acidity.
In the municipality of Samaniego, high up the mountains Northeast of Pasto, sits Toro's farm Tomate. This lot is 100% Colombia varietal, picked ripe and fermented for 12 hours, then dried on raised beds for 8 days. The result is a vibrant beauty of a cup, with resounding notes of cherry cola and hazelnut, clementine acidity and a clean, crisp finish. We love our Colombian coffees, and this latest harvest has been an excellent outturn from the gifted producers of Nariño. This is one of several microlots we purchased this year, in collaboration with Azahar Coffee and Bend Coffee. And given the size of the lot, we expect it to go quickly.
Elevation: 1850 Meters
Farmer: Jose Edulfo Santander Toro
Notes: Cherry Cola, Hazelnut, Clementine
Harvest: July 2019
Contents: 12oz/340g bag of Whole Bean Coffee
About sourcing in Colombia:
The vibrancy and variety of flavor profiles in Colombian coffee is unparalleled, and it keeps us excited to return each year.
We have been sourcing coffees directly from Colombia for the past 5 years, primarily from the regions of Nariño, Tolima, Huila and Antioquia. These sourcing efforts have been facilitated by the work of Azahar Coffee. The Azahar team combs through hundreds of microlots from all coffee-growing regions of Colombia at the municipality level. They sort the lots for cup quality, moisture content and water activity, seeking the perfect match of quality and stability. After this is where our work begins. We travel from our roastery in Seattle down to Azahar's cupping lab in Colombia to begin cupping through these top select lots. We usually spend 2-3 days cupping amongst tables of these excellent coffees, selecting what we think are the top 5-6 coffees.
From there we head out into the field, flying into Pasto and driving high up into the mountains of Nariño, to visit the farms where these coffees are grown. We meet the farmers who grow these microlots, meet their families, spend the day touring their farms with them, eating with them. In addition to making this connection, we pay them a premium for their crop. This past harvest we paid an average of $3.54/lb FOB. For context, the global coffee commodity market is $1, and Fair Trade is set between $1.20-1.50/lb.
We aren't doing charity work by paying this much. The coffees we purchase are amongst the best microlots in all of Colombia, the farmers deserve this premium. They work hard and smart and produce an excellent product in their green coffee. We often purchase a farmer's entire crop for the season, and we don't do so lightly. It is our honor to pay them for it, and then to roast it for you.