Producer: Campo Elias
Origin: Farm - Finca El Jigual, Municipality - Pitalito
Variety: Caturra, Colombia
Sourced by: Coffee Quest US
I’m a super memory-based green coffee buyer. To be completely honest with you, while I value scoring coffees and assessing their quality, it is so radically fun crafting a menu and story with coffees that are absolutely Botzonian.
A couple of years ago, I had a huge desire – to know the people I was buying roasted coffee from. I’d taste a coffee from someone and say, “This coffee is incredible. I wonder why they bought it.” Obviously, one major reason they purchased the coffee was because of its quality. I, too, want to buy the nicest coffees for you! But what I really wanted to know was the inner dialogue between the cupper and the liquid in the cupping bowl. What were the things unsaid and not written on the SCA score sheet – that’s where all the fun is and that’s where Botz hopes to be.
Here are the descriptors of this coffee from my score sheet – blackberry and Sweet Berry Wine from Las Jaras. All of it is enveloped in dark chocolate fudge. Big chewy body. Sweet, crisp, and balanced.
Sounds amazing, right? If that satisfies your coffee description craving, stop here! If not, read on for the unsaid Botzonian story.
Once upon a time, I was studying Russian politics and Anthropology overseas in England in a William & Mary exchange program. I was tasked with writing papers weekly on a series of topics. Unlike at William & Mary where I turned a paper in and waited for the massive red pen marks to come back, here I would write a paper and then read it out loud for my tutor…barf. I remember vividly writing my first paper and feeling nervous to read it for my Anthropology tutorial, but really how bad could this process be? Turns out it was bad…like drinking a cup full of insect-damaged and phenolic beans. Without being too academically graphic, I walked out of my tutorial with what I call failed-shocked-meme-face sadness (basically how I’ve felt after competing in any brewing competition or coffee event).
Luckily for me, a couple of British friends came to my aid, seeing my intense distress. “Come with us ‘dude’ hahahah!” I was then led down a series of secretive (imo) alleyways to a quaint little pub. I walked in and my head basically hit the ceiling, but my British friends passed me a glass mug of a tantalizing red hue (similar to the lightest of Nordic roasted coffees). We walked out back to an outdoor area. I took my first sip of the red beverage. Oh, my. It was like drinking hot blackberry jam. I took another sip. Lingering sweet with no bite. My failed-shocked-meme-face turned to a slight smile. This is….
(TRANSPORTS BACK IN FRONT OF THE CUPPING BOWL IN MUNSTER, IN)
absolutely amazing. For sure a Botz coffee.
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