Colombian Excelso Coffee Beans
1kg of Limited Release 100% Arabica Colombian Excelso coffee beans, medium roast whole bean - excellent for Espresso and plunger style coffee.
Everyone knows that Colombia 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 Colombian coffee beans had suffered as a result of extreme weather conditions in the period from 2010 through to 2012 - 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.
The Roya (or coffee leaf rust) epidemic in late 2010 has taken a couple of years to overcome with re-planting and increased procedures around farm management to prevent a recurrence.
THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT COLOMBIA IS BACK BETTER THAN EVER!
There are two main grades of Colombian coffee - Supremo and Excelso.
Please do not think for one moment that Colombian Supremo is superior to Excelso, it's just a physical size grading - Supremo beans are larger being screen sized 17 and up, whilst Excelso are smaller 14 - 16 screen.
Supremo does not mean it's better than Excelso in terms of flavor or cup performance.
We know that Excelso beans whilst smaller in size can deliver exceptional sweet flavors and fruit notes and to be honest, I think Excelso's offer for more ZING in the cup with sharper acidity that cuts through milk a lot better.
Supremo beans (in a traditional sense) have a tendency to be milder and less pronounced compared to the Excelso and the Supremo beans may sometimes offer more body or mouthfeel.
As most Australian coffee drinkers add milk to their espresso brews, we believe the Excelso is better suited for Single Origin use whilst the Supremo makes a better blender.
For this reason, we focus our efforts in selecting Colombian coffees around the Excelso type (or grade).
We currently have two(2) different premium Excelso's on the deck at the moment and we are roasting these on a rotating basis during the week - Inza & Popayan.
As we roast Colombians at least 4 to 5 times a week, chances are you will get one or more of these coffees over repeat orders - each of them are fantastic and there is no clear winner in terms of comparison.
This Excelso is from the Inza region that can produce very intense and fruity Colombian beans.
Coffees from Inza stand up in the cup - they have sparkling acidity and a crisp, clean flavor in milk making them ideal choices for most home espresso machine users.
This Inza produces a medium to bold body and a flavor profile of Chocolate, citrus fruit, berries and currants.
The fresh crop that arrived into our warehouse in April 2018 has a wonderful cherry and dark chocolate sweetness.
Popayan is another district in Colombia well regarded for providing exception Supremo and Excelso coffees.
This coffee comes from the Department of Cauca and is a fully washed screen 15 bean.
Soft, sweet flavors of honey and toffee with a crisp apple acidity, syrupy body and a creamy cocoa finish.
Our Popayam produces a very long dark chocolate finish with notes of black currant and a strong flavor.
Current lot arrived into our warehouse in mid May 2018 - it's the Colombia Excelso Munchique and scores a solid 85.5 SCAA points.
New crop Popayan regional select is scheduled to arrive at the end of June 2018.
We go through many lots of Colombians - literally every 6 weeks our lots are rotating.
In late August 2018 we are super excited to see a fresh lot of a stuffing 87 point Tolima arrive into our warehouse.
One of the sweetest coffees we have ever tasted - it's going to be a cracker!
Our Excelso coffees are roasted to exhibit sparkling acidity - demonstrating beautiful sweet fruit notes that cut through milk superbly.
If you are looking for the milder, smoother and albeit more boring Colombian coffee try the Supremo.