Colombia Las Mercedes Single Origin Espresso
DIRECT TRADE COFFEE
PRUNES · VANILLA · ANISE
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For 27 years, Edgar Eladio Ossa, along with his son Alejandro, have been attentively producing high-quality Caturra at their farm, Las Mercedes. They are progressive and often work with new technologies to improve the quality of their coffee. For example, they use a Brix meter, a device often used in the wine industry to measure sugar levels, to improve the washed processing of their coffee.
In the washed process, fermentation is used to remove the last bit of fruit, called mucilage, from the coffee, but it can be difficult to know the best time to stop the fermentation. Most producers allow the coffee to ferment for a set number of hours, or they feel the coffee with their fingers to determine when to stop the fermentation. Both of these methods are prone to error, which can reduce the quality of the coffee.
Edgar takes a Brix measurement at the beginning of fermentation and then again every 6 hours to catch the ideal moment to wash the coffee and stop the fermentation. His coffees consistently amaze us with their clarity, velvety mouthfeel and distinguished flavours.
It’s our 5th year working with Edgar and Alejandro and the level of care and quality they are putting into their product is inspiring. This particular lot has a bright flavors of prune and vanilla with notes of anise.
For all espresso we recommend the following parameters (for an 18g VST Precision Filter Basket):
- 18 grams of freshly ground coffee
- Timer for 28-32 seconds
- Pull 37-39 grams of liquid espresso
- Grouphead at 200° F
- 9 bars of pressure
- Producer: Edgar Eladio Ossa
- Country: Colombia
- Region: San Isidro, Huila
- Elevation: 1800 m.a.s.l.
- Variety: Caturra, Colombia
- Roast Level: Light Espresso Roast