Two larger lots of coffee were created from the selection offered by Aristides Guarnizo this year. We make our selections based on taste profile. The result of this process was a tropical, medium bodied coffee we released in March 2021, and an intriguing second lot we are releasing just in time for summer. This lot is a blend of three varieties: Castillo, var. Colombia, and Bourbon Rosado (Pink Bourbon). Aristides uses a unique agricultural approach on his farm which supports soil health. Compost tea is made and then diluted and applied to the farms plants. This tea contributes biology to the coffee plants while also nourishing the plant itself. The tea and fermentation both function as an anaerobic system which supports the unique, vibrant flavor profile of the coffee. In cupping this fruit-forward Rosado blend, we experienced a distinctly different flavor profile than the tropical, heavier texture qualities of our March release. We theorized there may have been a slightly different fermentation process and reached out to Aristides for more information. There were some translation barriers in our conversation but ultimately, we learned there were two main influences during processing: temperature and time. The Rosado blend was processed at a cooler temperature, in the evening, and for a shorter time overall than the first lot. So much for theories! Rosados bright and floral profile is perfect for summer. We tasted notes of raspberry lime and crisp white wine, which pairs well with granola, scones, or a homemade biscuit and jam. # Tarqui + Fairfield TradingTarqui is a small, yet progressive, town in southern Huila. The Andes mountains run through Colombia, splitting into three ranges that run north to south. Tarqui sits between the central and eastern ranges, in the Magdelena River Valley. Fairfield Tradings facility, located in this valley, provides an ideal location for year round harvest for growers near Tarqui, Huila.Two years ago we traveled with Fairfield Trading Company to initiate a collaborative partnership in Colombia. Colombia boasts amazing and plentiful coffee farms. There is no limit to the potential of Colombia. This makes it a difficult place to choose and establish long-term partners. We interviewed our importer and exporter to identify a partner we felt would fit with Blueprint Coffees green buying vision. These conversations resulted in meeting the Guarnizo families. Their farms are located at 1800 MASL on the Cordillera Central. Further, we received an opportunity to learn more about how they approach farming and coffee processing.# The Brothers GuarnizoThe brothers, Aristides and Yaved, adopted the farming methods of Gustavo Ramirez Castao. He uses an approach that incorporates a carefully managed anaerobic compost tea process. It intends to break down nutrients in order to assist in plant acquisition of nutrients. At first we were skeptical of this approach. However, upon seeing the health of the farms and tasting the results, we became more interested. What was even more surprising was how good the compost tea smells. Despite the use of compost and fresh manure in an anaerobic process, it has a dried cherry bourbon and sweet vanilla smell to it. We expected something more putrid and offensive. The Guarnizos take great care in managing their equipment and ingredients when preparing the compost tea, which is diluted, then applied to the farm.This coffee comes from the farm of Aristides Guarnizo near Tarqui, Colombia. He is an energetic and passionate farmer who loves what he does. He says, This is the fruit of my labor, and its made with lots of love every day. The effort we put into our work is great, and we do it each day because we hope you will fall in love with our coffee. Follow him on Instagram @aristiguanizoVariety: Bourbon Rosado (30%), Castillo (30%), var. Colombia (40%)
New Blueprint roast processed washed with anaerobic fermentation. Tasted pretty bright and was great through the Aeropress. Ill try it with the V60 next time.