Colombia - La Union - Washed - Filter
It's a very important coffee for a number of reasons. Firstly, it has proved to be a fantastic example of the diversity and complexity of one of the most interesting origins out there. Secondly, it represents how good coffee can be from regional lots as opposed to single estate coffees, which are often prized based on their increased traceability, and not always on their flavour quality. La Union challenges that theory.
La Union follows on from the previous regional lot we sourced earlier in 2021 called Ajicito, which was one of a number of lots we have been selecting from Cauca based on their unique flavour profile, regional lot status and dedication to sustainable farming. There are further Colombian regionals to follow in 2021.
As a filter La Union offers a very clean cup. It has a soft but very present caramel body, supported by sweet red grape notes and a clean / citric refined acidity.
RED GRAPE / CARAMEL / CLEAN
How you can brew this coffee:
V60, Chemex, Kalita, Syphon, Cafetiere, Aeropress and Drip Machine (Moccamaster, Wilfa Classic etc).
Fundación Agraria y Ambiental Para el Desarrollo Sostentible (FUDAM) is a 300-member association of organic-certified (and Rainforest Alliance–certified) growers. This group of smallholders lives in and around the small municipality of La Unión in Nariño, where the terrain differs greatly from in other coffee growing areas like Cauca. Here the towns are at such high elevation that the farms are typically lower elevation, surrounded by high peaks and rough road.
Coffee from Cauca includes the Inza region and areas surrounding the colonial city of Popayan, which is is in the south west of the country next to Narino. Situated on the “Macizo Colombiano” (the Colombian Plateau), which surrounds the high peaks of Tolima and Huila. The southwestern departments tend to have higher altitude farms, which comes through in more complex acidity and heightened florals in their profiles.
This coffee (similar to our Colombian Ajicito) is another case of regional coffee, that in our view, offers much more positive socio-economic benefits to those involved in the growing, processing and exporting (the supply chain) of the coffee than many single estate OR micro lot coffees do. This is a good thing. Why should coffee only be considered quality or traceable, just because you can reprint the farmers name? More often than not, regional coop lots are produced to exceptional levels of quality, with the farmers being located next to one another, offering a near identical profile, with the actual coffee itself being processed at the same location and under the exact same standards.
Regional Vs Single Estate: It's sometimes a nice story to hear about a single farms efforts to create a beautiful crop of coffee, in a single varietal, with a focus on quality processing and dedication for excellence. However, it is much more common to buy what is referred to as a regional blend or lot (such as this one), where numerous smallholders benefit from a collective effort, sometimes supported by a coffee exporter, charity or NGO. It is this scenario there is a much higher level of positive socio-economic benefit being created, and those who often struggle to generate a decent / fair income through coffee farming can be the true beneficiaries. An example of a coffee supply chain in positive effect.
- Farm: La Union (FUDAM)
- Varietal: Castillo, Caturra & Columbia
- Process: Washed
- Elevation: 1700-2100 MASL
- Weight: 250g / 1KG
- Roast: Filter
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