Organic Colombia El Union Coffee Beans 340 gm - Propeller Coffee

Organic Colombia El Union Coffee Beans 340 gm - Propeller Coffee

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Tasting Notes: Caramel, Floral, Cocoa

Process: Washed

Altitude: 1900 meters

Varietal: Caturra

A community blend from Asopap and Asotbilbao both located in South Tolima. This is another fantastic Certified Organic lot from exporter Lohas Beans, a fellow B-Corp company. Through their model, 950 coffee families are currently receiving an average of 35% more income from the sale of their coffee resulting from the certification premiums.

Among Lohas Beans partner growers, you will find Indigenous groups, rural organizations, and large scale independent plantations. The varieties and cup profiles change depending on the area, but predominantly a mild cup with medium to low acidity, floral and sweet notes, influenced by the Caribbean winds and abundance of water in this stunning mountain range.

Asopap is a group of specialty small scale coffee producers, located in Planadas, South Tolima. Its members are farmers committed to quality coffee and organic standards.

 Asotbilbao was founded in October 2010, originally by 35 members who graduated from SENA – Colombias’ Higher Education National Service. They wanted to serve as a bridge between the Governmental institutions and coffee producers, to enhance coffee quality and productivity. Currently, they have 38 active members from different areas of Bilbao, Municipality of Planadas in South Tolima. They pride themselves on their organizational skills, their high cup scores, and their Organic and Fair Trade certifications.

About Propeller Coffee:

Sustainability

At every step in the process, we take the extra steps to make our coffee the most sustainable it can possibly be: we maintain direct trade relationships; roast our beans using energy-efficient approaches in our low footprint roastery; use biodegradable packaging for our coffee, and offset our transportation with Bullfrog’s bio-diesel program.

Propeller has also attained B Corp status, a rigorous international certification for companies that create local prosperity, strong communities, and a sustainable environment.

Sourcing

Finding unique, high-quality coffees is a never-ending quest for us. Our ultimate goal is to purchase 80-90% of our coffee directly from farmers. Every coffee we buy must be chosen through a meticulous selection process. An inspection of the unroasted (green) beans is done to check for any visible defect such as insect damage, black beans, sour beans, broken beans, or foreign matter. This rules out a lot of coffees - upwards of 80% of the world's coffees are poor quality and exhibit all sorts of defects that would never make the cut for us. If the sample passes this first test we will lightly roast 100 grams of it in our sample roaster. Then we will cup this sample according to SCAA cupping protocols. The purpose of cupping is to test for quality and flavour. We score all samples using SCAA cupping forms and on the cupping app Catador. If a coffee meets all our criteria (free of defects, & has good acidity, body, balance, and sweetness) and scores high enough, we will consider purchasing it.

Roasting

2016 Propeller was named micro-roaster of the year by industry trade publication Roast Magazine.

Using a piece of roasting software called Cropster, we record every single batch of coffee that we roast on our Loring SmartRoaster (uses about 85% less energy than a traditional machine). We use this collection of roast profiles a bit like a recipe book for coffee. When a new coffee arrives we first do a bit of homework to figure out a good initial recipe/profile to use on this coffee. We measure the moisture content and density, then check the bean varietal, growing conditions, and elevation, and then search our recipe book for a coffee that we’ve previously roasted that is similar to this new coffee. We will roast the coffee, then cup/taste it and discuss how we can tweak the roast profile to develop it to its full potential.