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COLOMBIA EL ALTO
COLOMBIA EL ALTO
Region Santa Maria, Huila, Colombia
Grown by Hector Osorio + Adriana Aldana at El Alto
Elevation
1950-2150 MASL
Varieties Caturra, Typica, Yellow Bourbon
Processing Fully washed
Taste notes Panna Cotta, Persimmon, Lift
Sensory Creamy, Spun Sugar, Spicy Fruits, anti-gravity
Importer The Coffee Quest
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Region Santa Maria, Huila, Colombia
Grown by Hector Osorio + Adriana Aldana at El Alto
Elevation
1950-2150 MASL
Varieties Caturra, Typica, Yellow Bourbon
Processing Fully washed
Taste notes Panna Cotta, Persimmon, Lift
Sensory Creamy, Spun Sugar, Spicy Fruits, anti-gravity
Importer The Coffee Quest
DESCRIPTION

Oh my god they’re back again — give it up for YEAR THREE with El Alto! This is a crisp, balanced, jack-of-all-trades coffee that’s given us tremendous comfort each time it’s graced the menu. This year, though the character is presenting itself a little bit differently in the cup, it’s definitely upholding that sweet sweet reputation. 

El Alto is operated by Hector Osorio + Adriana Aldana, who are members of the La Victoria Producers’ Association in Huila, Colombia. La Victoria is a key relationship for The Coffee Quest, our importing partner, as a stronghold source of coffees that represent everything from macro blends to medium-sized community snapshots to single-farm micro lots. In Huila, all of these quality and traceability tiers yield superbly chuggable coffees. It’s a little lame, lazy, and inappropriate to compare coffee and wine, but I can’t help it — Huila brings some of the trappings of modern Beaujolais to our coffee-drinking culture à la mode. It’s that good good, that all day every day, that reinvigoration of epic old haunts, that HIGH CEILING HIGH FLOOR, etc. It’s all that. Nowadays, a coffee program without a Huila or two seems obnoxiously contrarian, and it’s coffees like this that show you why.

In years past, we’ve described this coffee as CARAMEL CITY, like straight-up Werther’s Original, with zesty citrus sprinkled on top. This year, that mix of goopy sweetness and bright fruit lives on, but it’s been elevated and aerated, like perfect panna cotta, with a fruit character that’s a little chewier and spicier. It’s the riser/shiner that can be so hard to find on the dark chilly mornings we’ll be waking up to for the next few months, and thank goodness for that.

YEARS IN
PARTNERSHIP
FRIENDLY
SINGLE
FARM