Tinned peaches and muscovado sugar
This coffee comes from the Pitalito buying station in the Huila department, the heartland of Colombian specialty coffee. The station buys and sorts coffee from many farms in the region and dependant on quality and quantity get assigned certain 'profile' names. This coffee is their top selection 'Las Perlitas', which translates to 'The Little Pearls', a blend from small producers scoring a minimum of 86 points with varieties Caturra, Pink Bourbon, Colombia and Typica.
The town Pitalito is central to coffee trade in Southern Huila. A small town that is strategically situated on the southern end of the Magdalena river valley, separating Colombia’s Eastern and Central mountain ranges. The area is known as the cradle of specialty coffee of Colombia, as many small farmers started focusing on quality and good processes almost 20 years ago. The Coffee Quest Colombia has setup shop with local partner The Bean Project to access more producers from the local community. The Station structure is used to pay higher prices for quality coffee.
This was assessed by two of TCQ's Q-graders, Alvira and Friso with the following descriptors:
This coffee have a great fruitiness inside we described as citrus fruit on the aroma, when it's hot we taste a black currant notes followed with sweet sugary and long lasting after taste. One of the best Micro Lots from Colombia we call it "The Little Pearls".
For us, this is a great example of a washed Huila coffee. Super clean and sweet with syrupy body, soft fruit notes like tinned peaches and an unrefined brown sugar finish like Muscovado.