Abelardo Guevara has been farming coffee for fifteen years; eleven of those have been spent at his current farm, El Triunfo. El Triunfo has three hectares of coffee, 95% of which is Caturra. His beautiful farm spreads across a mountain valley on one side and defined on another by a river.
His dedication to quality coffee goes back many years and he’s still got the passion for improving now.
He employs a rooftop solar drier with a rolling roof, which allows him to control how much shade his coffee recieves while drying. However, he’s using the money from this years crop to build not only an improved drying station but a whole new pulping station. It’s going to allow him total control over his coffee in the coming years, which means many more years of amazing coffee.
Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Colombia El Triunfo, from Detour Coffee Roasters in Burlington, Ontario. Feel free to pull up a chair.
farm: El Triunfo
producer: Abelardo Guevara
elevation: 1600 – 1800 meters above sea level
process: fully washed, patio dried
The aroma of the Colombia El Triunfo is sharp, lively, and it explodes out of the cup. Pungent scents of zesty citrus, tropical fruits, and honey jump out of the cup.
Oh, my. This coffee bursts out of the cup, immediately bright and lively, and it comes gatecrashing onto the palate with an incredible amount of vibrance. It’s so light-bodied, too, which makes those bright and tart fruit flavors even more pronounced on the palate; there are flavors of chocolate ganache and nuts (macadamia and hazelnut, in this case), but they don’t provide a base on the tongue for the bright fruits to play on—rather, it’s the fruit flavors that come rushing out first, dragging the chocolate/nuts behind them like parachutes slowing down a race car and my taste buds don’t really pick them up until the finish of each sip.
As the cup cools off, the flavor profile remains the same, but the intensity really… Umm… Intensifies. Super bright, super lively, super tart, super vibrant; massive flavors of blood orange, star fruit, pomegranate juice, zesty lemon peel, and a sharp passion fruit acidity that streaks down the center of the tongue.
Light body; silky mouthfeel; citrus acidity; clean finish.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Detour Coffee’s Colombia El Triunfo is an amazing coffee; one that is incredibly vibrant and very intense with really bright and juicy tropical fruit flavors, but never strays into the sour or undrinkable.
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Andrew is a husband, father, dog lover, craft beverage enthusiast, content creator, and niche market Internet celebrity. Formerly of A Table in the Corner of the Cafe and The Pulitzer Project and contributor to Barista Magazine and Mental Floss, he’s been writing on the Internet for years.