COLOMBIA • FRANK TORRES
I was lucky enough to taste several lots from Frank’s harvest this year. While all were delicious, this ‘BB 09065 lot’ really stood out at the cupping table. There is a strong berry and lime acidity, which is nicely rounded out with cane sugar. Think berry jam or lime slushee. An array of maple syrup and caramel notes help propel a wonderfully tropical guava and pineapple finish.
The La Indonesia farm has been in the Torres family stewardship for over 70 years. At just over 2 hectares, Frank dedicates most of the land to coffee and plantains. He uses a ‘reposado’ method before de-pupling. It is a 24 hour, temperature-controlled fermentation for ripe cherries. It is tricky but made possible with constant Ph and Brix readings. The process instills a bright tropical sweetness and shifts the body and texture of the final cup.
Guava, Maple Syrup & Blueberry Jam.
La Union, Nariño.
Colombia & Caturra.