Colombia Aguacate hails from a group of 30 small-scale producers in the District of Santa Barbara, Municipality of Sandonà, Department of Nariño.
The coffee is traditionally fully washed process in micro-mills at each farm and naturally fermented in cement tanks for 14-24 hours. It is 100% sun-dried at each farm in green house and roof type drying patios with beds or plastic mesh floor.
During growing season, the coffee is shaded by plantain, banana and guamos plants and fertilized using 70% organic / 30% chemical compost.
The man himself, George Howell, once described this coffee as “arguably the finest Colombian coffee ever produced.” Given my experience with it and with PERC, I am very, very excited to dig in.
Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the El Aguacate Colombia, from PERC Coffee in Savannah, Georgia, courtesy of Craft Coffee. Feel free to pull up a chair.
region: Santa Barbara, Sardona, Nariño, Colombia
producer: smallholder farmers
association: El Aguacate Cooperative
elevation: 1700 – 2000 meters above sea level
cultivar(s): Caturra, Colombia
process: fully washed, patio dried
The aroma of the El Aguacate Colombia is bright and fruity, with scents of cherry, red berries, caramel, and honey jumping out of the cup.
Wow. Right out of the gate, immediately post-brew, this medium-bodied coffee floods my palate with incredibly bright, lively, sweet, juicy fruits: black currant and cherry, in particular, but I’m also tasting flavors of raisin, cranberry, fig, and plum. This juicy river has a fluid bed of molasses, cane sugar, and bittersweet dark chocolate. Actually, the molasses, sugar, and cherry flavors combined create something of a cherry cola flavor.
As the cup cools off, not much changes really. The body remains even, the mouthfeel remains juicy, and the overall flavor profile doesn’t really shift. If anything, the flavors come together, becoming more of a cohesive unit.
Medium body; juicy mouthfeel; berry acidity; clean finish.
I had a feeling that the El Aguacate Colombia, from PERC Coffee, would be an awesome coffee. And you know what? I was right. This was an absolutely awesome coffee.
Bright, lively, juicy, and brimming with flavor, the Aguacate excites and delights the taste buds from beginning to end.
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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.