Intelligentsia

This edition of Tres Santos is a custom-built sizzler that combines coffees from small farms located in the Cauca region. Together these lots become something complex and compelling exhibiting sweet flavors of watermelon, hibiscus, and cherry cola. 
  • SKU 204001
  • Country Colombia
  • Region within Country Cauca
  • Elevation 1800 - 2000 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm / Producer Name Pioneros de Sotará
  • Farmer / Producer Name combined individual smallholders
  • Buyer Geoff Watts
  • Cultivar Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
  • Harvest Time May - July 2016
  • Harvest Year 2016
Direct Trade 1
Single Origin 1
In Season 1
MelonTropicalLight Sugars

Tres Santos Colombia

Combine an unrivaled spectrum of unique growing conditions with a tremendous volume of production and the result is a coffee buyer’s dream. As one of the world’s few ‘megadiverse’ countries, Colombia is a member of a very exclusive club. It is home to nearly ten percent of the planet’s biodiversity, ranking first in total number of bird and orchid species and second in plants and butterflies. It owes this wealth of diversity to its prime location and rugged landscape; Colombia sits just above the equator at the head of the Andean mountain chain and is the only country on the continent that touches two oceans. Cool winds from the Pacific and warm Caribbean influences from the East create dynamic weather conditions, and the three mountain ranges that divide the country down the middle help to foster a vast number of unique microclimates. It is also the world’s second largest producer of Arabica coffee, and offers a huge diversity of coffees on par with that of its ecosystems.

Our decade-long fascination with the coffees of Colombia and the work we’ve done as part of our Tres Santos project has resulted in an impressive portfolio of coffees from all over the country. Throughout the year, we choose particular standout lots that we find memorable to showcase under this banner. To kick off November we are releasing the first of several small lots from the Cauca Department. When the Tres Santos program was first initiated nearly twelve years ago we began with producers from this part of the country, largely because we were especially attracted to the profile of coffees we’d tasted from the area. Well over a decade later, we’ve renewed our focus there and have now started working with a large group of individual smallholders in the municipality of Sotara. The seed for this new project was sown back in April when we met with a large group of producers from the community to discuss the upcoming harvest and talk about exploring a long-term plan to work together more closely. Throughout the summer we evaluated coffees from the group, isolating those with the most compelling sweetness and clarity and building a stockpile of coffees to work with. By early August the harvest had just about wrapped up and we returned to Colombia to meet with individual producers, taste the coffees together and cement our plans for lot separations and export.

Magnificent Seven (plus one)

This first release is a custom-built sizzler that combines coffees from seven individual farms in Sotara, all of which were standouts for their flavor attributes and elegance. The quality of each owes much to the efforts of these farmers over the past several years to improve their approach to both harvesting and post-harvest handling of their coffees. With some counsel from agronomists and technicians at Banexport, and in response to the incentive provided by quality-based premiums they’ve refined their controls over fermentation and drying and are producing coffees that deserve special attention. When tasted separately, every one of these coffees was delightful. Together they combine to become something altogether more complex and compelling. Oh yeah, and there is a secret ingredient. We included a new lot from a farm called Derrumbo that hails from another municipality in Cauca, El Tambo and is what some might refer to as a ‘ringer’—it was produced by Sr. Gerardo Escobar, whose coffee we released last harvest season as a limited release and was among the best tasting Colombian coffees we sold that year.

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.