About the bean
Our current crop of FTO Colombian is from the Seynekun indigenous producers' association in the mountainous Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region of Colombia, renowned for its calibre of quality coffee.
Indigenous families here have a long tradition of growing coffee, cultivating shade-grown beans nurtured by a philosophy of respect and care for the surrounding environment and the ancestral significance of the land. The name Seynekun translates to Mother Earth.
These particular beans were grown at altitudes between 1,500 and 1,700 metres above sea level.
This pleaser of a bean produces an elegant cup of coffee! Sweet, as is typical of the Colombian, with floral and fruit notes (pear and apple) and a medium brightness (acidity). Expect a clean aftertaste. By contrast to the Colombian Supremo, this FTO offering is softly sweet like honey and brown sugar (as opposed to the Supremo's more chocolate character). If you like Colombian - and as one of coffeedom's most popular beans, many of us do - this Colombian is a must. A versatile bean that suits a range of brewing methods and roasting profiles. We opted for a City Roast at our taste testing but could have happily gone lighter or darker; the City was a great pick, too.
Species: Coffea Arabica
Region: Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia
Appearance: Screen 15
Acidity: Medium high
Roast recommendation: City. Can go lighter or darker, depending on preference. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.
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About the bean
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About the bean
Coffee in the relatively compact region of Yirgacheffe in southern Ethiopia is typically grown by small holders in "gardens" with coffee trees mixed in with other plants and trees cultivated for food and other essentials. There is little to no use of chemicals by these small holder farmers; they can't afford them, and, as such, it would be safe to assume all coffees produced by these gardens are organic.
What to expect
An excellent coffee. This Yirgacheffe offers a well-balanced cup no matter where you move on the roast spectrum. At an American (light) roast, the Yirgacheffe is particularly aromatic - fresh and fruity. Acidity for this one is high but the cup is so nicely balanced, it remains widely pleasing. We enjoyed notes of orange and peach, enhanced by a lemony caramel flavour.
At a Full City roast, the Yirgacheffe inevitably loses some of its note power but it does gain a chocolatey, brown sugar sweetness with a discreet citrus brightness that some of us preferred. Very balanced, sweet aftertaste; a wonderful morning coffee and a great pick for espresso. This bean is a gem.
Roasting recommendation: To bring out the Yirgacheffe's subtleties, roast medium. Consider blending to add nuance to other coffees. When roasted dark, it becomes sharply pungent but very thin, bereft of all its flowery and fruity notes. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.