The landscape of Huila, Colombia is dominated by one giant mountain. Legend has it that long ago, a giant named Matambo lay to rest in Huila, forming the massive mountain that dominates the region's landscape. The nearby town is now known as Gigante, and the coffee from this area - that we’re calling Matambo - has been a giant part of our coffee lineup for the past 3 years.
The best Colombias - and particularly the best Huilas, like Matambo - pull off a balance between approachability and exciting flavors that few other origins can match. This latest crop is a perfect example of that balance, popping with green grape and plum fruitiness, but rounding out the pop with dark honey and buttery pie crust sweetness.
Matambo comes from the 82 farmer Asociación de Cafeteros el Desarollo, and association based in the town of Gigante. We had the pleasure of visiting these growers in August of 2017 with Caravela, one of our favorite sourcing partners who we work with throughout Latin America. Read more about that visit here to see why we're stoked not only for this crop of Matambo, but also the long game with these growers and Caravela in Colombia.
We think Matambo has something for everyone. Plenty of traditional coffee flavors and sweetness for those who prefer a more approachable or milk-friendly mug, but also packing juicy, fruity flavors and high-end brightness to please folks who prefer more adventurous coffees. Year 3 of the giant from Gigante, and we’re looking forward to brewing it for the next few months!
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The Far East is back in Huck’s lineup, and we’re excited for our first coffee from East Timor. This tiny country, on one half of an island split with West Timor, Indonesia, has been on the coffee comeup for the past few years, focusing on fully washed coffees to set it apart from the wet-hulled offerings from Indonesia. Renumata has the rustic spice and heavy body that lovers of coffee from Java will embrace, but also the clean sweetness that we love here at Huck.
Coffees from the Pacific islands can be big, bold, and in better cases, a good kind of earthy. But the wet hulled process that’s common in the region - in which the coffee’s protective parchment layer is removed before drying - lends itself to premature fade and vegetal, funky flavors. So, we specifically seek out washed coffees from the islands, dried in their parchment to preserve the goodness and keep out the funk. That’s where Renumata and upcoming offerings from Papua New Guinea and Sulawesi come in: good earthy spice and body, but clean sweet goodness, too.
Renumata is a tiny community in East Timor’s Letefoho district, and Cafe Brisa Serena has been working with farmers since 2010. Brisa Serena is a social enterprise that works with farmers to improve growing and processing practices, obtain organic certification, and access the specialty market. This particular coffee comes from organic-certified family farms in Renumata, and is all washed on-farm, rather than at a centralized mill.
If you like your coffees robust and bold, this is the ticket. It’s not a dark roast, but we do develop this coffee just a touch further than most of our single origins to accentuate its body, its clove and cinnamon spice, and its bittersweet chocolate flavors. Beyond the big and the bold, chocolate-covered raisin and pastry sweetness round out a cup that’s nuanced, but at the same time traditional, approachable, and pleasing with (cow or alternate) dairy or on its own.
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