26 Jan '13, 6pm

End of the week means new coffees; first up: Colombia El Pedregal from a group of smallhold farmers.

Pedregal is the geographical name where this lot of coffee originates, hierarchically equivalent of what we would call a district here in Canada. Smallholder farmers here grow their coffee at altitudes ranging from 1700 to 2000 m.a.s.l. Coffee from this particular area is new to us at 49th Parallel, but for our importer that sourced the coffee, it is an old relationship. From cupping and creating blended lots for the past several years, it has in particular been the sweetness in the cup as a result of careful cherry selection, as well as the clean, meticulous processing that has been a driving this partnership forward. After picking the coffee cherry, skin and some mucilage is removed, before the coffee undergoes a fermentation process to break down the fruit further. This makes the remaining mucilage easy to wash off, and the coffee is then dried. For this purpose, many f...

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