Profile: Mango, Red Apple, Honeysuckle
Producer: Smallholder Farmers of the Aponte Community
Importer: Ally Coffee
The Inga community of Aponte is comprised of descendants of the ancient, pre-Hispanic Incas. Significant contact resumed in the 1990's, but unfortunately, was mostly criminal; with illegal plantations and violence. In the last decade, this thankfully changed, leading to the area becoming a safe zone for the Inga tribe. Illegal crops were replaced with coffee! Smallholder properties were planted with the Caturra variety, known for its increased quality at higher altitudes. Aponte sits in the department of Nariño, at an average elevation of 2150masl. This elevation, combined with the fertile volcanic soil of the Nariño region, makes for an exceptionally complex and sweet coffee. Cherry is processed on each producers property, drying the processed coffee on stacked raised beds on their farms.
This lot from the Aponte Community is outstanding! Sweet mango and red berry overwhelm the senses from the get go, moving from the aroma to the first sips. As the coffee cools, a crisp note of red apple overtakes, paired with sultana to further add to complexity. Altogether this brings a great balance of acidity and sweetness. The cup is finished by a long, lingering floral element, reminiscent of honeysuckle and rooibos. A well balanced and mouth-filling coffee!
If you would like to read more about the work in the community, there's this insightful blog post by our friends and importers Ally.