Colombian La Piramide from Cauca coffee (FW) Cape Town roasted

(3 customer reviews)

R165.00R580.00 incl. VAT

A fully washed relationship coffee that is described as and intensely sweet and soft coffee with a moderate to full body. A coffee with 4-star flavour complexity, even with the body it has. Latest crop as we receive year-round.


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Description

Colombian La Piramide from Cauca. One of a group of the very first Colombian relationship coffees we as Quaffee discovered. We have been enjoying this coffee since 2008, becoming a cornerstone of our Colombian offering.

Inza, Cauca

Located some 90 km north-east of the colonial city of Popayán lies the municipality of Inza, in the Department of Cauca. Based in the centre of the western and eastern slopes of the Cordillera central of the Colombian Andes, right in between the Nevado de Purace and the Nevado del Huila (an active volcano). This beautiful region of Colombia is where some two thousand coffee growers call home. These farmers cultivate coffee on the slopes of the mountains overlooking the canyon of the Paez river and the Nevado del Huila, at altitudes between 1,700 and 2,000 masl.

Until 2004 all the coffees grown here were sold in hum drum lots as Huila coffee. Then in 2004 an association of the farmers (ASORCAFE) was created. They setup their own warehouses and started purchasing their members’ production, eliminating the middlemen and sold their coffee directly in Popayán obtaining better prices. Virmax (now Caravela) started working with them soon after, educating them on how to improve the quality of their coffee, training 2 cuppers from the association and setting up a cupping lab. Their coffee was also named Colombian La Piramide from Cauca Relationship Coffee, a name that comes from the many piramid-shaped mountains that can be found in the region. Thanks to this work, the coffee from Inza is slowly becoming well known in Colombia and the world, the members of ASORCAFE and their community are finally receiving the profits and recognition that they deserve.

Details of Colombian La Piramide from Cauca

An intensely sweet and balanced coffee with citric, strawberry, red apple and floral notes, a syrupy milk chocolate body and an enjoyable sugar cane sweetness.

Region:
Colombian La Piramide from Cauca
Farmers:
Approximately 400 small-holding farmers
Ave Farm size:
1 hectare
Cultivar:
Arabica Caturra (80%) and typica (20%)
Altitude:
1,700 – 2,000 masl (meters above sea level)
Shade:
Cachimbo, Nogal and Guamo trees (~40% shade cover)
Processing:
Fully washed wet mill pulping, fermentation and sun drying on raised tables
Packaging:
Vacuum packed at source
Characteristics:
Full bodied and sweet with red apples and floral notes
Fertilization:
Traditional and not certified organic
Roast used:
Intense heat to start, followed by medium heat until first crack, then acceleration and drop at hint second crack. Or in technical terms: strong charge a decreased ramp rate, with a kick at the end

Our Brews

Brew MethodRatioBrew MethodRatio
Espresso1:2.2AeroPress16.5g:200g
Plunger50g:800gPour over/filter20g:300g

Read our posts from when we visited this area:

Transparency Information

Sourced fromCaravela
FOB priceUS$3.7/pound (2021), US$5.2/pound (2022)
Cupping score84.5-85.5 (seasonal variances, this is the min and max)
LogisticsCost ZA19.48 / kg. Coffee was included in a consolidated seasonal order of Colombian coffees.
Producer/OrganisationCaravela / ASORCAFE
Typical lot size bought8 x 35 kg boxes, twice a year
RelationshipOur relationship with Caravela goes back to 2008.

Additional information

Coffee category

3. Full bodied

Complexity

4 ★ Single

Location

Buitenverwachting

Characteristics

floral, fruit, nut

Manufacturer

Caravela, Colombia, Quaffee

Model

La Piramide

Packaging

1kg Packet, 250g Box, 275g bag, 500g Packet, 750g Packet

Coffee region

Americas

3 reviews for Colombian La Piramide from Cauca coffee (FW) Cape Town roasted

  1. Warren Machanik

    Just had a chemex, a very enjoyable coffee with cocoa notes.

  2. Andreas

    Greetings from Sweden. Picked up La Piramide in a rush just having tasted the been. Exiting coffee. Good stuff and suited family perfect!

    • Warren Machanik

      Great to hear you enjoyed it. We love it too.

  3. Bentley (verified owner)

    A real treat. Did not expect this much sweetness and acidity from a Colombian coffee. Bright with body in the finish that makes me reach for another sip. Immediate success with my aeropress (med-fine grind, 3 min total brew), but keen to see how it goes with a v60 and French press.

    • Warren Machanik

      It is a great coffee, thanks for the “brew” recipe. We love our specialty Colombians, they are always enjoyable, and the Sudan Rume is a stand-out too.

    • Warren Machanik

      Part of the reason we have offered the Colombians from Caravela is because they show the true Flavours of great Colombians. So happy you enjoyed this great coffee.

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