Colombia brings the swirling rush of chocolate to your morning cup. It brings the big bass drum and the brass section. It brings both body and soul. In other words, you should definitely try Colombian coffee beans if it’s bold flavours you’re after. But you can expect subtlety, too. You might detect quieter hints of grape, apple or pear, for instance, and maybe a zing of orange or pineapple.
We like brewing jute’s 100% arabica Colombian single origin using V60 and Chemex®, because these methods seem to amplify the bean’s softer notes of honey and citrus. (It goes without saying that you’ll also be treated to the chocolatey deliciousness that no self-respecting Colombian bean would grow without.)
When you buy jute Colombian coffee beans, you’re getting a little piece of Colombia. By ‘little’, we’re talking about the hyperlocal patch of the country that the bean comes from, not the bean’s dimensions. Our Colombian single origin of choice comes from a special corner of southwest Colombia, where the coffee plant is subject to a unique play of elements and altitude, of soil and shade and sunshine – and in a crop as sensitive as arabica coffee, every last one of these factors leaves an indelible, delectable mark.
Harnessing and channelling all these natural forces is highly skilled work. Which brings us to CENCOIC (Central Indígena del Cauca), the brains (and no little brawn) behind jute’s Colombian single origin. CENCOIC is a cooperative of local farmers who bring a philosophy of care and nurture to their land, where they grow coffee amongst plantain, pineapple, yucca, lemon and orange.
Their nurture brings out the best in the arabica coffee plant, carefully tending it to its fullest expression a heady 1800 metres above sea level, before shipping it to us to roast (in rather less lofty Northamptonshire).