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Colombia Los Cortés

Different name, but we're bringing back one of our more wild offerings, sourced through our friends at La Reb (La Real Botánica Expedición, the folks behind our decaf and several Colombian coffees). 

Los Cortés is a funky, fruit-driven Colombia produced by Arlison and Javier Cortés in Colombia, and while we called it Colina del Viento last year, this year we decided to honor the people behind the coffee.

Many of the flavors in coffee come from the fermentation step in its processing, when sugars and other compounds in the cherry break down and impact the flavors in the seed we roast. Changes to the fermentation environment can create some major changes in the cup.

In this fed-batch washed process, some of the coffee is fermented in cherry, then pulped and placed in the fermentation tank to begin their fermentation process. Then another batch of coffee undergoes the same process and is added to the tank later, for extended fuel (i.e. sugar) for the fermentation process already underway. Eventually, these multiple days of coffee are washed and dried together.

This style of fermentation leads to a very bright and fruity cup. When done well, washed coffees with extended (and in this case, atypical) fermentation processes can be some of the most unique coffees on the market, and we think Javier and Arlisson Cortés have created quite an interesting coffee here. Between the syrupy raspberry and mulled wine flavors, this coffee will expand your horizon in what you thought coffee’s supposed to taste like.

This one’s a complex ride for sure, and one of the funkier coffees we’ll carry this year. If you expect Colombia to mean straightforward and approachable (or if that’s what you’re looking for), this one will defy those expectations a bit. Expect intense fruit, a bit of booziness, and a unique experience here. It’s a small lot that we think will go pretty quickly, so hop on soon if you want to try something different!

*** For roasting schedule, shipping, receiving & additional information, please visit out Frequently Asked Questions . And, for a primer on coffee processing, check out our Processing Basics Guide. *** 

Pictured: Arlison Cortés, from Shelby's sourcing trip in 2023.

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