Colombia, Las Margaritas Yellow Bourbon

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Colombia, Las Margaritas Yellow Bourbon


Notes: Black Tea, Strawberry, Plum, Clean

Altitude: 1500 meters

Region: Caicedonia

Cultivar: Yellow Bourbon

Process: Washed

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While this coffee has a small sweet spot, and we would recommend it for people willing to experiment with brew methods a bit, the cup is so rewarding it could make your head explode.

At it's peak, this coffee is absolutely a game changer. Think an exceptional darjeeling black tea to start with strawberry sweetness up front to match the complexity of the tea notes. The brew finishes with the Sith doing to darker fruit notes of plum but all the while staying perfectly clean and crisp.

Check out this info about the Las Margaritas Yellow Bourbon from Royal Coffee Imports

Finca Las Margaritas is located in the municipal district of Caicedonia in the Valle de Cauca department of Colombia. Valle de Cauca shares a border with Tolima on the East and Cauca to the south; its western coast includes the port of Buenaventura, through which a large quantity of the country’s coffee is exported.

The farm has just over 4 hectares dedicated to growing the Yellow Bourbon variety, and they’ve numbered their trees at 16,856. Their wet mill is outfitted with eco-pulpers, mechanical demucilage machines that can be calibrated to strip varying degrees of cherry skin and pulp away from the seeds with very little to no water. Finca Las Margaritas adds a fermentation stage after depulping, usually between 17-20 hours with regular agitation to avoid unevenness. The coffee is then mechanically dried under closely monitored conditions to avoid too much heat.

Bourbon, one of Arabica’s two commonly grown heirloom varieties (the other being Typica), traces its history back to the island that was once its namesake, now a French department known as Réunion, off the coast of the African continent East off the much larger island of Madagascar. An explosion of cherry color variants in recent history have emerged on the market, including pink and orange, but yellow remains the most commonly seen recessive shade. While Yellow Bourbon is ubiquitous in Brazil, it’s not as common to find it cultivated elsewhere. I’ve occasionally heard complaints that yellow varieties can present difficulties for pickers when determining ripeness compared to red ones.

This particular lot sports a modest density, slightly high water activity, and very slightly higher than average moisture. The screen size is mostly distributed between screens 15 – 18, meaning it doesn’t fall into one of the traditional Supremo or Excelso grades frequently seen from Colombia.