This month’s selection from Klatch Coffee is steeped in a history that dates back to before coffee was introduced to Latin America. In 1715 a wealthy landowner in southwestern Colombia donated a plot of land for the construction of a small town and church dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe. For the next 100 years, however, the town was known by the name Viciosa (“the spiteful one”). Perhaps by fate, a devastating earthquake left the town in ruins but claimed very few lives. The town was then rebuilt and renamed Guadalupe, as originally intended, to honor the Virgin for protecting the lives of its inhabitants. Flash forward to 2003 and the area surrounding this historic town had become one of the premier coffee-growing regions of Colombia. Four producers from the municipality of Guadalupe came together to form an association called Villa Esperanza, with the goal of increasing their income and quality of life by producing higher amounts of coffee for export. The group now boasts over 100 smallholder farmer members and exports nearly 1 million pounds of coffee a year--pretty impressive considering its humble beginnings just 10 years ago. Klatch is certainly no stranger to us here at Craft Coffee. We’ve included them in three of our past tasting boxes, and we’re as excited as ever to feature them again with this textbook example of what we love about Colombian coffee. Round and balanced with comforting notes of warm spice, this is a perfect cup to help you fight off the winter blues.
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Warm aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg lead into red apple acidity and lingering flavors of almond and clove.