For “Proprietors Reserve Colombian” only organic coffees from high altitude farms (1600-2200 meters) are considered. Only the best tasting lots of Bourbon and Caturra varietals are selected. Then only the few super-large 18+ screen size beans are sorted out to create a coffee with complex flavors of raisin, chocolate, cherry, and walnut. A creamy silky body, engaging mild acidity, and clean sweet aftertaste.
“Proprietors Reserve Colombian” is sold by the La Minita guys — they know fine coffee, and only put their name on the best of the best of the best. This is the best batch of Reserve del Patron we’ve ever had (and this is our 6th year of buying it). This is a great Colombian. It’s normal tasting coffee with no earthy-dirtyness, pleasant acidity, no bitterness, nice flavor with a hint of black cherry undertones and a buttery mouthfeel. It’s also worth noting that despite Colombia being the 2nd largest producer of arabica coffee in the world, it’s hard to find an organic Colombia, which just makes this all the better of a deal.
Because these are supersized beans that didn’t fall through the screen, occasionally random artifacts in the coffee end up with the green beans that come to us. So please be aware! We check for debris before roasting and again when packaging it up for you, but give it a look before you grind it to double check that you don’t put a stone in your grinder.
Normally this bean is great when we end the roast right before the 2nd cracks begin, But this year we are taking it a few degrees lighter then that. Really letting the sweetness and cherry come through. If you enjoy a cup of old fashioned plain Colombia, but appreciate the difference between good coffee and exceptional coffee, then this is your bean.