Happy Friday! I’m closing out the week with Repetition Coffee’s Best of Cauca #11, which placed 11th in last year’s Best of Cauca auction. Not bad when you consider 766 coffee were submitted to top tasters and buyers from around the world! Let’s check this one out!
REPETITION COFFEE COLOMBIA BEST OF CAUCA #11
I’ve been fortunate this year for many reasons, but especially that I have gotten to try three coffees, now, from 2016’s Best of Cauca auction. I had #14 from Patriot Coffee Roasters (which was excellent), #4 from my new friends at Repetition (which was a stunner and so full of apricot and peach deliciousness!) and now #11! The gang at Repetition Coffee are taking $2 off the cost of #4 for readers during the month of May, so use the code, “KCCGKMAY” to take advantage of that when you check out! So great! Repetition Coffee is located in Lawrence, KS, home of University of Kansas, William S. Burroughs, and our neighbor to the west (from here in Kansas City). I was super impressed with auction lot #4, so without further ado, let’s get into this #11 (you can read my other review, linked above, for more of Repetition’s back story, which is worth a few minutes of your time).
This coffee comes from Eduardo Muñoz and his farm, Finca El Eucalipta. It was a 10-bag microlot that, again, placed #11 in the Best of Cauca 2016, a competition/auction with 766 coffees presented to buyers! Finca El Eucalipta is located near El Tambo in the Cauca department (like a state here in the USA, I supposed) at an altitude of 1800masl. This is a washed coffee consisting of Castillo and Colombia varieties. Repetition Coffee gives us flavor notes of, “orange blossom, honeydew, blackberry.”
I used my standard pourover setup of a 1:16 ratio of 28g of coffee to 450g of water in a notNeutral Gino with Kalita 185 filters. Handground grinder was set to 3 and I used Third Wave Water in my preparation. What a sweet, approachable cup this makes! I’d say this coffee has medium to just on the light side of medium body. Lots of sweetness hits my tongue right at the beginning of the sip, and it’s almost downright sugary, but without being cloying in any way. There’s a “freshness” and a “lightness” to this sweetness rather than it being a heavy weight on the palate like very sweet coffees sometimes are. Calling this a “fresh” and “crisp” tasting coffee wouldn’t be out of bounds here. I generally have a bit of a tough time picking out melon notes in coffees, but honeydew is loud and proud in this coffee. I think that’s where some of these fresh, crisp, cool and light descriptors are coming from for me. This coffee just conjures up images of cold melon slices on a hot summer day, for me. There is a malic acidity (same as in apples) in this cup and that lends to a lot of those types of descriptors, too. I also get some light citrus notes in the acidity toward the middle of the sip, too. In the second half of the sip there is a bit of tartness and also a sweet and floral note that reads, “blackberry” to me. It’s not the same overt berry-ness that I get from, say, an Ethiopian natural, but it’s certainly there in this cup and it’s delicious with the rest of the flavors coming out of this coffee.
What a great coffee! According to some Instagram comments this one is supposed to do well as espresso, too, although I haven’t had a chance to try that out, yet. I got hit with about 20 bags of coffee in the mail this week (I know, real tough life, right?) so maintaining my caffeine sobriety is a bit difficult to manage, but I hope to pull some shots of this this weekend. Keep your eye on my Instagram for all the mini-updates between reviews and things! This is another super coffee. I’m in love with these Best of Cauca lots and the three I have had have all been fantastic. This one is so clean, fresh and crisp tasting, I just love it!