About Colombia Julio Cesar Sanchez microlot
Arrived mid March 2016 in grainpro. The microlot, more appropriately a nanolot, comes from an extremely small farm. In a recent cupping of Colombia small lots this coffee really impressed us. It turned out to be grown and processed by Julio Cesar Sanchez on his 1 hectare (2.5 acre) farm in the Huila region of Colombia where an unusually high percentage of award winning and highly rated coffees derive. The farm is also at quite a high elevation, about 6000 feet and that shows in the cup as brightness and liveliness. The Caturra varietal, a dwarf Bourbon, is not the most common cultivar for Colombia which still has a significant number of hearty species that were adapted for local growing conditions and for high yields, yet lack flavor. Caturra, like many Bourbon relatives, delivers on taste. This is new crop coffee that just arrived in the US and thus is at its peak.
- Producer: Julio Cesar Sanchez
- Farm name: Montanita
- Department (State): Huila
- Locality: Isnos
- Village: Alto Planes
- Farm size: 1 hectare
- Altitude: 1800 meters, 5905 feet
- Number of trees: 6,000
- Varietal: Caturra
- Processing: Traditional washed
- Fermentation: dry in tanks for 24 hours
- Drying method: 12-18 days under parabolic cover, strong shade and sun
Julio Cesar Sanchez drying parchment
View from the small and high Sanchez farm
Cup Characteristics: Sweet melon and vanilla aromas. Fruitiness, perhaps from its slow drying period in parchment. A delicious cup that is extremely well balanced and elegant. Bright, apple and lemon acidity put a clean finish on the cup. A proud achievement for Senor Sanchez.
Roasting Notes: High grown, hard and durable coffee can be roasted throughout the light to dark spectrum. It will display its acidity and refinement best when roasted more lightly, about 2/3 of the way between first and second crack. Stretch out the time between cracks to expand the body if desired. Can be dark roasted but you will sacrifice many of the nuances that this lovely coffee has.
Colombia coffee facts:
Main crop seasons vary depending on location. For many the main crop is Sept - December. Some regions have a mid crop as well.
Population: 43.6 Million people
Domestic Consumption: 1.8 Million Bags of 70 Kg. (154 lb.)
Coffee Export: 12.5 Million Bags of 70 Kg. (154 lb.)
Cultivated Area: 1.1 Million Hectares (2.7 Million Acres)
Harvest: Main Crop: October to January (60%)
Fly Crop: April to June (40%)
Note: In Narino, due to its geography, Main and Fly crop seasons are reversed.
Arabica Introduced: From the Carribean through Venezuela
Supremo basis of a 17 screen size
Excelso basis of a 16/17 screen size
Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, Maragogype, Variety Colombia (hybrid of Timor and Caturra)
Colombia is the second largest exporter of Arabica coffee in the world. All coffee grown is Arabica species, and mostly all is grown at high elevation and wet processed. Supremo is the country's highest grade though the highest elevation coffee can be smaller and thus not able to make the size grade although more concentrated. Colombia coffee has a well-earned reputation as having fine body, pleasant acidity and clean flavor. Each region brings a little something different to the final product.