Colombia Huila Finca Monteblanco Rodrigo Sanchez Purple Caturra Mint Washed

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RM 80.00

Region: Huila
Elevation: 1370 MASL
Variety: Purple Caturra
Processing: Mint Washed
Roast Level: Light Medium
Tasting Note: Chocolate, Mint, Candy

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Chocolate, Mint, Candy

Region Huila
Elevation 1730 MASL
Variety Purple Caturra
Processing Mint Washed
Roast Level Light Medium
Tasting Notes Chocolate, Mint, Candy
Quantity 200g

Roaster Note:

Finca Monteblanco, located high along the winding mountain roads of Vereda La Tocora in the San Adolfo municipality above Pitalito, is a family farm managed by Rodrigo Sanchez Valencia in the tradition of coffee cultivation that began with his grandfather. Monteblanco’s 18 hectares sit on the crest of a hill, with the wetmill and drying facilities at the top of the farm and slopes of coffee planted below.

In 2002 Rodrigo participated in a local program teaching local children of coffee producers to cup. Before that, he and his family had never considered coffee in terms of cup profile. By learning to differentiate profiles, he and his father and grandfather were able to make the connections between the farming techniques they applied and coffee’s resulting attributes in the cup.

At this time, Rodrigo also began to learn about cupping competitions that evaluate the best lots from farms in a region. He noticed that farms would win one year and then never again, so he decided to investigate how to produce quality coffee consistently. This led him to explore the trees planted on Monteblanco, where he discovered various varieties his grandfather had planted in the 1980’s. One of these varieties is Purple Caturra, a type of Caturra whose cherries ripen to a deep purple color.

Rodrigo is proud that he, his wife Claudia Samboni, farm manager Don Gerardo, and the team that works in the fields and at the mill have reached the goal of achieving consistent quality. Finca Monteblanco produces microlots with each harvest that serve as competition coffees around the world, but the farm also consistently produces containers of delicious coffees that appear year-round on café menus and retail shelves. By applying an ethic of rigorous monitoring, planning, and management at each stage of production and processing, all coffees from Monteblanco showcase their full potential.

Harvesting and processing on Monteblanco have had to evolve with the times, adapting to a changing climate that yields harvest times dispersed through ten months of the year rather than in a concentrated peak. Coffees from Monteblanco are milled and prepared for export at the new, state-of-the-art Aromas del Sur drymill in Pitalito.

This Mint Washed process begins with the creation of the fermentation culture that will be used. First, a mother culture was created containing microorganisms like lactobacillus and saccharomyces cerevisiae. 80 liters of this culture is separated to be fed with a blend of herbs including mint, basil, and rosemary, and a sweetener like panela or molasses. The herb blend contributes flavor to the culture, while the sweetner energizes the fermentation and brings the culture’s sugar content to a level that matches the degrees Brix of the coffee that will be processed. This initial fermentation of mother culture and fruit takes 190 hours to reach the appropriate degrees Brix and pH value for coffee processing.

Before being processed with the herb-fermented culture, coffee cherries are measured for sugar content as soon as they reach the mill at Monteblanco. Cherries are then floated to remove impurities before being pulped and deposited into a 200 liter sealed tank. The 80 liter culture that was previously fermented with the herb blend is added to the sealed tank, and the coffee is fermented for 150 hours. During this process, the team keeps measurements to ensure that the environment doesn’t fall below 6 degrees Brix, or below a pH of 4. The coffee is then moved to the drying area, where it is dried for 2–3 days in direct sunlight and then for 15–18 days under shaded canopies until it reaches 10–11% humidity.

This coffee was featured in our collaborative event with Ikawa, “How Innovations in Processing Impact Your Roasting Decisions.”

 

Recommended Coffee Brewing Device:
V60 Dripper, Clever Dripper, Chemex Brewer, Kalita Wave Dripper, Aeropress Maker

Brew Guide:
Method: Filter V60 Handbrew method
Dose: 18g
Yield: 30g for 30 seconds, total yield 300g,
Brew Time: 2 minute 30 seconds (adjust grind size accordingly)
Water Temperature: 89 – 93 degrees (adjust temperature accordingly)

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  1. Coarse:
    • Coarse grinds are chunky pieces of coffee beans, similar to coarse sea salt
  2. Medium-Coarse:
    • Saddling between coarse and medium, this grind looks like rough sand
  3. Medium:
    • The middle of all grind sizes, medium grounds are similar to the consistency of sand
  4. Medium-Fine:
    • The medium-fine grind is a staple grind size, with texture like table salt
  5. Fine:
    • Finer than table salt, fine grind is typically the size of most pre-ground coffee
Weight 0.2 kg
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EACH BREWING METHOD GRIND SIZE REFERENCE

BREWING
METHOD
BREW
TIME
COFFEE TO
WATER RATIO
BOTTOM-TOP
SIEVE
Pour Over 3:40 min 1:16 400 – 800 µm
French Press 10:00 min 1:13 600 – 1000 µm
AeroPress 2:20 min 1:15 500 – 900 µm
Moka Pot 1:30 min 1:11 350 – 700 µm
Drip Brewer N/A 1:17 400 – 900 µm
Espresso 0:26 min 1:2 250 – 500 µm
Cold Brew 16 hours 1:10 600 – 1100 µm
Syphon 1:40 min 1:15 400 – 800 µm

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