Colombia's Newly-Discovered Coffee
8 oz whole bean light coffee
By Cup of Excellence
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- Roasted by Cup of Excellence
- Light roast profile
- Origin(s): Colombian
- Tastes: Vanilla, Blackberry, Pomegranate
- Process: Washed
- Elevation: 1650-1700m
A new coffee varietal doesn’t come along every day — and when it’s also a world-class award winner, well… strap in and hold on to your mug! We can’t believe we got our hands on this one: Colombia La Guaca Washed took 6th Place in this year’s Colombia's Cup of Excellence, and features the newly-discovered Aji varietal. Through our exclusive partnership with Cup of Excellence, we obtained a special lot of this coffee just for Bean Box customers. At less than 150 bags total, this is a special opportunity for you to be one of the first to taste the rare Aji coffee: one of the world’s best coffees grown this year, hands down.
La Guaca comes to you from Jose Herman Salazar, a specialty coffee grower since 2001. While harvesting coffee on this 6-hectare farm, Jose noticed a spicy, red pepper fragrance coming from a small lot. This piqued his curiosity and, after separating it from the rest of the harvest, he submitted it to this year's Cup of Excellence. Scientific testing has since found La Guaca to be unlike any Colombian coffee, matching most closely with the famed Ethiopian Gesha.
Cup of Excellence is the “Oscars of Coffee”, a non-profit with a mission to discover the very best small coffee farmers and reward them for their efforts. As Bean Box’s coffee curator, I’m proud to be an international juror for Cup of Excellence, and I’m excited to bring coffees like this into the United States — and into the kitchens of coffee lovers like you.
The icing on the cake? We partnered with Velton's Coffee to roast Colombia La Guaca. Velton is no stranger to high-end coffees like La Guaca, and brings a deft hand to this limited release. Most notably, Velton roasted the first-place coffee that the 2018 US Barista Champion competed with! Velton applied a similar roasting technique, coaxing out the inherent flavors of this bean without overstepping the roast profile.
We have less than 150 bags of the exquisite Colombia La Guaca, a cup of fresh melon, cacao nib, and sweet, dark fruits that mesmerized this year's jury and beat out thousands of coffees in the Cup of Excellence. In addition to this coffee, we’re including the Tasting Guide to Coffee Quality: a small, 32-page, whimsically illustrated, pocket guide to deepen your understanding of the world’s favorite drink! Order your own bag today, for yourself or someone you love — don’t miss this rare, amazing opportunity to enjoy the ultimate in award-winning coffee luxury.
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