Colombia El Tablon

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We proudly welcome back the very best from Nariño, Colombia. Some of the highest elevation grown coffee in the world, which delivers a wonderfully sweet and balanced brew.

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Roast: Medium

Tasting Notes: Cherry, Nougat, Milk Chocolate

Consumption Guidelines: Three 12 ounce bags are about a one month supply of coffee for households with two to three coffee drinkers.

About This Coffee

In Colombia, almost every farmer manages their own wet milling, depulping, and drying at the farm. Cooperatives (or in this case, Gildardo and other collectors) purchase the parchment, build lots, find markets, and then dry mill and sort the coffee. It means the dry mills play an even more important quality role than in many other countries since wet milling is so decentralized. The Government backed FNC (Federación Nacional de Cafeteros), and its network of quality labs, also plays an important role in grading for quality.

In the case of El Tablon, the importer Red Fox was struggling to receive consistent quality (especially around drying and water activity), and as a result, didn't buy the coffee for a few years. The solution, bring their mobile cupping lab to investigate the issues. As we understand it, this happened once, Gildardo and the producers improved their post-harvest practices as a result, and now things are more or less on track. Red Fox's lab in Oaxaca receives and approves the samples to build their lot. They contracted almost 85% of the parchment coffee this season. This demonstrates that this "train the trainer" approach really worked in this instance.

We are excited to bring back coffee from this group, as though there have been political and environmental struggles in the area, we are witnessing that the quality of the coffee remains as strong as in years past. Not only this, but we want to continue to show our support to the growers in the region who are getting above market value for the coffee they contributed to this lot.

Making its return to goodboybob is El Tablon (which means The Plank) from Nariño, Colombia. This coffee is a classic example of the very best of Nariño. Nariño is in Southwest Colombia, bordering Ecuador, and has elevations that exceed 2200 meters - some of the highest-grown coffee in the world, made possible by the region’s proximity to the equator.

The Farms in the area are small, ranging from 1 to 2 hectares (2.5 - 5 acres). Typically, each farm is cared for by family members. During harvest, seasonal workers are hired to assist in harvesting and processing the coffee. None of this would work without Gildardo Chincunque, a producer himself, who pays producers cash for their parchment and takes the necessary steps to bring the coffee to market.

The varieties are Caturra, Castilo, and Colombia. The high elevation in the municipality of Tablon de Gomez in Narino results in a very sweet and balanced cup. This is a Washed process coffee, dried on patios and parabolic driers. The clarity and traditional Nariño Colombian flavor profile shine with notes of cherry, nougat, and milk chocolate. This coffee is a great choice for a comforting coffee, ideal for any time of the day.

  • Cooperative: El Tablon
  • Region: Nariño
  • Variety: Caturra, Castillo, Colombia
  • Processing: Washed
  • Altitude: 1,800 - 2,000 meters

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