This is the third harvest we’ve purchased from Elias Roa Parra’s Finca Tamana. His work with Tim Wendelboe is an outstanding model of the quality that occurs with improvements focused on fundamentals. Elias and Tim focus on crop nutrition, picking, harvesting, pulping, fermentation, and drying controls. Crop nutrition is the foundation of efficiency for farmers. Removing defects during picking increases the overall quality of the final lot. Defects can originate at the plant and contribute to loss of yield and diminished quality.
Harvesting and hand-sorting are the first human-controlled sorting phases in the process. Elias negotiated quality standards with the workers that live in the area to individually float the harvest and remove beans with visible color, ripeness, or pest defects. This is a meticulous addition to the process and requires a significant investment in labor to have it done well. Once this is completed, the next step is to remove the skin and pulp through pulping and fermentation. Both pulping and fermentation can contribute to diminish quality if not managed well, but if managed well it can be a source of improvement.
Elias maintains very clean equipment and fermentation tanks to manage consistency. Plus, he uses a fermentation and cleaning method where the coffee is fermented overnight and washed twice, improving the cleanliness of the coffee and cup. Drying is a preservation stage for storage and transport, but it is also a very important quality phase where temperature, humidity, and sun exposure can influence the stability and cup quality. Elias uses 50% shade to keep drying temps down.
Team taste notes: toffee, nougat, grape, apple, pear, brown spice
Geography has contributed to the regional personality and the taste characteristics of the coffee grown in Nariño. The steep mountains and deep canyons of the Andes mountain range move through this region. The section that moves through Nariño is know for its beauty and extremes. The steep, craggy mountains and canyons provided both a natural barrier for the Incan Empire from invaders from the north and also influenced the distinct flavor of coffee grown in this region.
Nariño is located in southwest of Colombia along the border with Ecuador. In the south of Colombia, the Andes are know as the Nudo de Los Pastos. The mountains have provided seclusion to Nariño that has allowed the cultures of the region to maintain their heritage and customs, such as the old language, Quiche, and a unique wood crafting style.
The geography of this region also contributes to the unique coffee taste of Nariño. To begin with, Nariño is near the equator, which provides predictable and intense sunlight. The mountains of Nariño are also very high and steep. This altitude would prevent some growing regions from producing coffee due to freezing, but Nariño is able to prevent freezing due to the thermal transitions that occur in the evenings. During the day the sun is able to reach deep into the mountains due to the latitude. The craggy mountains and canyons absorb the sun’s heat throughout the day. In the evening, the heat, stored up in valley below, rises to prevent freezing. This unique dynamic, high altitudes, and a temperature range that supports slow and even development encourages higher sugar content development and sweet acidity.
Team taste notes: orange cream, juicy body, dark chocolate, nutty, brown sugar, caramel, baking spice
The seasonal and transparent coffee blend, Tektōn, chases a difficult goal – maintaining complexity while remaining approachable. Tektōn satisfies the novice or experienced coffee lover. Regular coffee changes throughout the year maintain balance and seasonality.
We commit ourselves to exhibiting the qualities of one of the most flavorful beverages in the world. To do so, we create and construct balanced, intoxicating, and special flavor experiences. Our single origin offerings are delicious and complete by themselves, but blending creates something new and unique. French wine and cocktails, like the Sazerac, guide us. By adding a small amount of five ingredients (sugar, bitters, lemon, absinthe, ice), a serving of whiskey becomes a new experience. This is a different, yet delicious, taste experience than that offered by any neat pour.
Tektōn, a seasonal coffee blend, compliments our single origin offerings. It matches the integrity of those offerings by remaining a seasonal coffee with a transparent supply chain. We embrace the future insight and taste experiences Tektōn will provide.
Version 16 blends bright and sweet coffees from Colombia and Rwanda. As a result, it features a bit more spunk than the last few versions. Nariño Select, from the high mountains of southern Colombia, makes up 72% of the blend. Ejo Heza from Rwanda makes up the rest. Theses coffees, both washed, offer a good deal of complexity. When blended, they offer brown sugar and vanilla sweetness with citrus acidity.
graham, malt, brown sugar, citrus, jammy, cereal, brown roast, honey, caramel, banana, apple
Decaf Huila EA is our current decaffeinated coffee option. It is decaffeinated using the Ethyl Acetate process, which uses locally sourced sugarcane as the source for the decaffeinating agent.
Huila is a well-establish region in south-central Colombia from which the Decaf Huila EA is sourced. It’s known for its clean, complex coffees and high altitudes. It is divided by the Magdalena River, which runs from north to south through the region dividing the central and eastern Cordillera Mountains. There are multiple harvest seasons even within this region because the region contains thousands of farms on opposing western and eastern-facing mountain slopes. The land is lush, green, and quite rural. Most coffee is grown on small, family-run farms where coffee is harvested, washed, and dried on the farm.
The coffee is decaffeinated before leaving Colombia. Decaffeinating the coffee before export saves a tremendous amount of time and energy, which equates to improved flavor, lower costs, and less emissions.
The process of decaffeination involves taking the green, unroasted coffee and putting it into a volatile state where it releases its soluble compounds into a water bath. The caffeine is removed from the water bath using either a solvent or filter. For this coffee, an affordable and local solvent, Ethyl Acetate, is used to remove the caffeine with minor effects on taste quality. It is derived from sugarcane as it is being processed for alternative uses (sugar, rum, molasses, etc). Once the caffeine has been removed from the water bath of solubles, the remaining solubles are placed back in a tank with the green coffee mass and allowed to reabsorb. What remains is a stable, slightly more brownish-green, unroasted coffee that is ready for export.
Team taste notes: chocolate, grape, nutty, teriyaki, brown sugar, dried fruit, malt, apple
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