Cafe Granja La Esperanza Natural XO.

Barista competition season has started again! This year the world barista championship (WBC) is in Amsterdam and as some of you might know, we’re going to give it one more go – starting with the Dutch barista championship finals in march!

For the last couple of months we’ve been tasting a lot of coffees that we could use for the competition.
These are some of the top coffees in the world coming from countries like Colombia, Panama and Ethiopia.
Most of these will never see the light of day in a cafe near you, they’re produced on a small scale, mostly quite expensive and only really used for competitions or special occasions.

But, this time we managed to buy a little bit more than we need to use for the competition, so we reserved some of it to pass on to you!

It’s from a farm in Colombia we’ve worked with in the past, called Cafe Granja La Esperanza. We used their coffees for the WBC in 2016 as well.
They approach coffee with extreme precision. As you may have heard me say before, they experiment with processing methods, drying methods, fermentation time, and they trace everything along the way.
All of this means they produce some crazy tasting coffee. Like this one.

The Natural XO is from their farm Potosi and is from the San Juan variety (which you’ve likely never heard of before). It grows at 1600-2000 meters and is natural processed.
They named it XO because the coffee has very distinct notes of cognac. It’s extremely sweet, smooth and balanced. When I drink this it makes me want to sit down, not let anyone near me, and drink it until it’s finished, but that’s just me (: