Colombia Tolima Microlot
Finca El Placer
The overall winner in the microlot category of the “Colombia: Land of Diversity” cupping competition comes from Finca El Placer, under the ownership of Rafael Alberto Valenzuela. Mr. Valenzuela’s Tolima farm has a long history of accolades, including a 4th-place finish at Colombia’s Cup of Excellence competition in 2015, as well as a 3rd-place finish in 2011. This is Colombian coffee royalty, and that’s reflected in the cup.
• Region: Tolima
• Sub Region: El Recre Bajo, Cajamarca
• Farm: Finca El Placer
• Farm Size: 21.8 Hectares
• Altitude: 1,888 masl
• Varietals: Tabi 50%, Castillo, 40%, Caturra 10%
• Total Yearly Production: 5000 kg
• Processing: Washed
• Fermentation: 18-24 hours without water
• Drying: Sun-dried for 50 days,mechanical for 3 hours
What stands out here is Finca El Placer’s incredible depth and sweetness, and velvety body. The nose is rich with florals, chocolate, dried fruit and caramel. Those notes carry through to the palate, along with vanilla, honey, toffee and butterscotch. A long, lingering and sweet finish completes the experience.