1kg of Limited Release 100% Arabica Colombian Excelso coffee beans, medium roast whole bean - excellent for Espresso and plunger style coffee. This premium grade Colombian from Kyoto Farm in the Transjordania region delivers a rich, smooth body with delightful sweet sugar cane and caramel notes. The citric orange impression provides a sparkling acidity that perfectly cuts through milk. A real find for 2012.
Everyone knows that Columbia produces some of the world's finest coffees. There are more than half a million coffee farmers in Columbia, there are very few estates as most coffee is farmed on small lots.
The quality of Columbian coffee has recently suffered as a result of extreme weather conditions - excessive rains through the prime growing seasons over the last few years during the critical coffee tree flowering stage have reduced yields and lowered the quantity of export coffee.
Issues with fungus that have seen large tracts of coffee plantations destroyed and renewed with hardier crop types that can withstand extreme climate conditions.
This coffee is "Excelso grade" from the highly respected Koyoto farm in the Transjordania district. Colombia offers 2 main types of coffee - the Supremo being a larger screen bean and the Excelso being a smaller screen bean.
One type is not better than the other, so you cannot say Excelso is inferior to Supremo. In our testing, this Excelso provides a more intense cup in comparison to Supremos that are currently available.
Screen: Excelso (14 - 16)
Variety: typica and caturra
Nose: Dry wood, caramel, malt
Acidity: Citric with orange impression
Cup: Clean, very sweet with sugar cane and honey notes
Producer suggests this is a low acid coffee but I beg to differ - exhibits sparkling acidity.