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Cesar Aroca

Flavours of dried mango, guava, sherbet sweetness
Body     Acidity

Roasted omni for filter and espresso

This micro lot comes from César Aroca, whose farm El Mirador (the lookout) is located high above the Magdalena River Valley in Colombia’s Tolima region.

Between 1600 and 2100 metres above sea level and in the small rural neighbourhood of Vista Hermosa, El Mirador is a member of the small Coagrivida cooperative in Planadas.

César’s crop is made up of Caturra and Variedad Colombia, a hybrid of Castillo that’s grown due to its resistance to the la roya leaf rust fungus. The crop was washed for approximately 18 hours before drying it over the course of 15 to 18 days.

Planadas is the southernmost municipality of Tolima. It sits in the eastern slopes of Colombia's central cordillera, above the Magdalena River Valley, and boasts average temperatures of 20° celcius.

Much of the coffee farming in this area takes place in partial shade, often provided by güamo (ice cream bean), nogal cafetero (Spanish Elms) and cacao.

Planadas has found itself at the centre of ongoing civil unrest, particularly with Colombian militant group FARC’s famed stronghold Las Hermosas being nearby, the area around Planadas is often unreachable to outsiders.

An unusual Colombian

This is another Colombian coffee that’s exceptionally sweet and light-bodied. If you’re not tasting that in your brew try grinding a little more finely, or leave a private brew note with details of how you’re brewing and we’ll be able to help you get your coffee tasting delicious.


All the images and information about this coffee and its producers have been kindly shared by the importer, Silo, and edited by us, Sample Coffee (unless linked to or credited otherwise).

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Caturra varietal

Caturra is a natural mutation of Bourbon that was originally discovered in Brazil in 1937, considered to be the first naturally occurring mutation ever discovered.

V.Colombia varietal

Also known as “Variedad Colombia”, this varietal was developed by Colombian researchers at Cenicafe by crossing Caturra and Timor Hybrid

The location

Coffee from Colombia

Colombia is one of the largest coffee producers in the world and benefits greatly from having one of the most unique and complex set of micro-climates of all coffee producing nations.

The Tolima region of Colombia

The word ‘Tolima’ comes from the local indigenous language and means a “river of snow or cloud”.

Farm processes

Washed, Dried On Raised Beds process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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