Yellow Cat Espresso - Medium Roast (SP)
This Yellow Caturra variety comes to us from one of the best coffee growing regions in the world, Huila, Colombia.
The first generation of the Ortega family were pioneers of coffee production in the village of San Agustin. Three generations later, Esnaider Ortega-Gomez, and his grandfather Don Olgar Ortega-Bolaños, are community leaders and responsible for this JUICY delight that has more body than a blue whale!
This medium espresso roast, is also great for people who like medium filter or pour over.
During our cupping of this fun espresso, we all settled on the same tasting note, of a sweet lemon dessert (without any bitterness). It's a lot of fun, however way you brew it.
ORIGIN + VARIETY: SINGLE PRODUCER - Colombia / Yellow Caturra
TASTING NOTES: Cocoa + lemon pound cake
PRODUCER: Familia Ortega Gomez
FARM: Villa Maria
REGION: Sevilla, San Agustin, Huila
ALTITUDE: 1750 masl
PROCESS: Fully Washed
SIZE: Available in 227g, 340g, 454g and 908g bags
GRIND: Whole Bean, Filter, French Press, Espresso/Moka Pot
More on process:
As Esnaider has often joked, "our coffee lives a better life than us.” The cherries come in bursting red and ripe and are left to ferment for 12-24 hours before being floated to remove any potential underripe or insect damaged beans. After that, the coffee is immediately depulped and fermented once again for an additional 12-24 hours, before being turned out onto shaded raised beds where the coffee is dried for an average of 25-30 days.
As the temperature is quite cool, the coffees must be turned 10+ times a day, meaning that the family is constantly tending to it. In addition to their meticulous focus on processing, Esnaider and Olgar have been pursuing different fermentation regimes that are also steeped in their history. They’ve built oak tanks that resemble those used by Esnaider’s grandfather prior to the advent of concrete and other building materials and believe these tanks can add a different element to the coffee via the introduction of unique microbes present in the oak. They also ferment in clay jars, another formerly common material in the production of coffee, in pursuit of unique flavour profiles.
- ESPRESSO: We recommend a transitional 1:2 ratio if pulling as a shot . And this espresso really shines as an Americano.
- POUR OVER: We have been brewing this one on the slightly cooler side, with a 45 second bloom, 2-3 pours and a grind that let's us do it in under 3 minutes. A 1:16 ratio is a good starting point.
- FRENCH PRESS: We recommend the James Hoffman method for this roast: 16.67:1 ratio // medium grind (not too coarse) // add water, do not stir, brew for 4 minutes // after 4 mins break crust gently, scoop everything that floats // let sit for another 5-8 minutes // don't press all the way, only use it as a filter at the surface of the brew
Wonderful as both a pour over an as a moka pot espresso. Fairly light roast should be brewed strong. Using 52 g coffee for 900ml water for a pour over.