About Colombia Narino Supremo
Arrived late June 2018, in Grainpro, unusual for a Colombia.
The Nariño region is located in the southwestern corner of Colombia, merging the central and western mountain ranges of the Colombian Andes. The Department (State) of Nariño is abundant in volcanic soil with good rainfall. Coffee is harvested there by indigenous groups. Narino is surrounded by Tolima, Cauca and Huila which together comprise the Southern growing region. Crops are harvested from April to June and from October to December. About 90% of coffee in the area is grown in full or partial shade. Elevations run as high as 1750 to 2100 meters.
Ripe cherries are hand picked, mostly by women from the region, then wet processed using traditional fermentation, washing with pure mountain water using a series of canals, and sun-drying on patios. Supremo beans are large and uniform with 90% of them over screen 18. Varieties seen here are mostly Caturra and Castillo.
Supremo beans merged from area smallholders can be simple, clean and verstile. Use them for single origin, blend components to add brightness and dark roasts. They are dense, durable and large.
Cup Characteristics: Clean and bright with intense aroma. Acidity is notable particular at lighter roast levels and there is generous sweetness. Nice preparation.
Roasting Notes: Durable, high grown coffee capable of roasts between City Plus (C+) and dark roasts past second crack, and steps in between. The beans are large and dense, having enough acidity to hold up to dark roasting while still being flavorful.
If you roast on a Behmor we suggest profile P2 for this coffee. We felt this profile offered the best combination of body and acidity. P3 was also quite decent.
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.