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Foundry Agustino Forest – Huila, Colombia

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This is truly tasty coffee. We find that it really works well as a single origin espresso. It’s unusually interesting compared to other Colombians we’ve tasted in the past couple of years. There are distinct notes of tropical fruits, pineapple and passion fruit. The mouthfeel is silky yet clean, whilst a hint of sweet smoky paprika finishes off the shot beautifully. The same roast profile is also helping to produce a complex yet refreshing coffee for filter, again tropical fruits are present and you’ll unveil white sugar sweetness with conical burrs.

Read more about Colombia as a coffee producing country - courtesy of Falcon, green coffee importers in the north of England:

‘In a country as large as Colombia, with an established coffee industry that is spread over 17 regions, there is bound to be variation in quality with a range that includes truly exceptional through to rather ordinary. Colombia is the third largest producer of coffee in the world after Brazil and Vietnam – though holds the crown for being the largest producer of washed Arabica. The coffee producing areas lie among the foothills of the Andes and the Sierra Nevada, where the climate is temperate with adequate rainfall. Colombia has three secondary mountain ranges (cordilleras) that run towards the Andes and it is amongst these that the coffee is grown. The hilly terrain provides a wide variety of micro-climates which means that harvesting can take place throughout the year as the coffee of different farms will ripen at varying times. There are more than half a million growers spread throughout the key regions of Nariño, Cauca, Meta, Huila, Tolima, Quindio, Caldas, Risaralda, Antioquia, Valle del Cauca, Cundinamarca, Guajira, Cesar, Madgalena, Boyacá, Santander and Norte de Santander. Key varietals include caturra, bourbon, typica, castillo and maragogype.

The first exports of coffee from Colombia began in 1835 when around 2,500 bags were exported to the U.S. and by 1875 there were 170,000 bags leaving the country bound for the U.S. and Europe. Exports grew over the next hundred years or so and peaked in 1992 at around 17 million bags. Today, following unreliable weather patterns and a national programme of plant regeneration, Colombian exports are currently around 9 million bags of coffee per year. Coffee’s importance to the Colombian economy brought about the development of The Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros (FNC) in 1927. This body is responsible for research, technical advisory services, quality control and marketing. Juan Valdez, a fictitious character created by the FNC, is the world famous moustachioed, mule -riding and sombrero-wearing coffee farmer and very much the face of the Colombian coffee industry. It is widely accepted that some of the country’s best coffees come from the south west in the departments of Huila, Tolima, Nariño and Cauca’.

And if you’d like to know more about this particular association…

‘We have chosen to work with a group of Huila farmers situated in the San Agustin region, about two hours south of the department’s capital Neiva. Here, high in the Andean Mountains, conditions are perfect for the production of fine Arabica coffee; good regular rainfall, rich and fertile soils, average farm altitudes of around 1,600 meters above sea level and good shade that includes Plantain, Chachafruto, Guamo and Nogal trees.

CATURRA - is a cultivar from Brazil and is a mutation of Bourbon which is much higher yielding. The tree will not reach the same height as Bourbon and typical characteristics associated with this varietal are bright acidity and medium body.

AGUSTINO FOREST – The growers association we are working with is called ASOGUAR which was established in 2006 with an aim to promote coffee growing to the smallholder communities rather than producing crops for the illegal drugs trade. The cooperative has a strong focus on environmental conservation and the belief is that coffee cultivation is the way to achieve this by counteracting the effects of illicit drug production and the sale of timber in the area. It is currently made up of 104 families who are growing coffee on the land surrounding the ancient forests of South Huila, home to a UNESCO World Heritage site with the archaeological park of San Agustin. This site contains some of the country’s most important remnants of pre-Hispanic culture and it is the protection of this site and the land surrounding it which is at the core of the ASOGUAR Association. The smallholder farmers involved with this Association are given access to the speciality market along with technical training and funding for tree planting and improving local infrastructure in return for commitment by the smallholder’s involved to protect the local environment and the ecosystems surrounding their farms.The Association members hand pick ripe red cherry and deliver it to their own micro wet mill where it is pulped and washed. The washed beans are then either dried on patio’s underneath sliding covers in case of rainfall or in a parabolic dryer with the sides open to improve airflow. The dry parchment coffee is then sent to the dry mill to first rest and is then milled to remove the parchment before being graded and packed into GrainPro bags.’
Altitude: 1600 masl
Farm/Coop: ASOGUAR Association - Around 100 family smallholder farms
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter, Milky-Frothy
Origin: Central America/Colombia - San Agustin, Huila Colombia
Process Method: Washed
Tasting Notes: distinct notes of tropical fruits, pineapple and passion fruit
Varietals: Caturra

When do we roast your coffee?

We roast to order and at least three times per week. We will ship your order on our roasting day as long as it is received by the day before.

Delivery Method

We get the super-fresh beans out to you by Royal Mail 1st class post in especially designed, convenient packaging that fits through your letterbox, so no more trips to the sorting office (who has time for that?!).

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Initial collection: Foundry Coffee Roasters - Sheffield

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Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.