Aromas of chocolate, blackberry
Colombia Bucaramanga Specialty Coffee
Bucaramanga is a Colombian region located in the department of Santander, in northern Colombia. Bucaramanga is considered the capital region of this department. In total, the department of Santander has around 50,000 hectares for the cultivation of coffee and hosts more than 30,000 producers, which ultimately represents only 5% of the weight harvested. In the heart of this department, coffee is produced at an altitude of over 1,200 meters. In order to slow down the growth and make the coffee complex, the trees are covered under "parasol" canvases. This technique consists of creating a much more stable environment for the coffee tree with a better controlled temperature. 55% of producers grouped in the heart of this department do not have more than one hectare of production.
What is specialty coffee?
Specialty coffee is a top-of-the-range coffee known as “rare”, with unique characteristics in the world. It is cultivated in the highest altitudes of the world, in family plantations whose objective is the superior quality, signed by a manual harvest in order to guarantee the perfection of the grain. The terroir coffees are carefully sourced for the care taken by the producer, a superior manual and selective harvest, full traceability, a cultivation method and a respected and controlled treatment process.
What is the Score?
The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) defines a high standard coffee analysis procedure to assess all the peculiarities of specialty coffee. SCA determines the value of smell, aroma, body, acidity, possible defects. A coffee is rated on a scale of 100, and must obtain a minimum score of 80 points to be able to be determined as "specialty coffee".
Specialty coffee score classes
80+: very good coffees
85+: The excellence of the specialty
88+: The Grand Cru, the Rare