Guática, Risaralda, Colombia
As the name suggests, the Guática Especial lot is a special coffee and represents the best that La Cristalina has to offer. The municipality of Risaralda has long been famous for its production of exceptional coffees, and La Cristalina, founded in 2007, has been building a standout reputation for producing some of the best coffees to come out of Risaralda—definitely no small feat. La Cristalina's success is a testament to what can be achieved to continually making improvements to quality processes year after year.
Guática Especial hits on everything we love about Colombian coffee—great, mouth-filling body, refreshing citrus acidity, caramel sweetness—and then some. The isolated areas where La Cristalina's farmers are located play to their favor; the unique micro-climates certainly influence this coffee's striking flavors. Guática Especial comes from five high-altitude areas ranging up to 2,000 masl, resulting in intensified sweetness in the cup. Overall, we're loving the complex profile of this coffee—expect juicy, crisp notes of ripe tangerine up front, which transforms into sugary melon and peach notes as the coffee cools with a lingering finish of candied caramel apples.
Location: Guática, Risaralda, Colombia
Variety: Castillo, Caturra
Elevation: 1,500 - 2,000masl
Number of members: 81
Harvest Months: October-December
Shipping Months: November-February