This coffee has an immediate zippy & sweet acidity of lemon boiled sweets. In the finish, a long dark chocolate note lingers, which combines with creamy body to remind us of rich tiramisu.
El Yalcon is a Colombian speciality coffee produced by 36 small-scale growers in the municipality of La Plata and Pitalito. These farms range from 1 to 5 hectares and are mostly located at higher altitudes - above 1,500 MASL.
They are also mainly cultivated with traditional varieties such as Caturra.
This year we finally got to visit our partners in Colombia. We spent time in La Plata and Pitalito in the Huila region of Colombia. Here we visited a few producers who contribute to the collective lot that we know as El Yalcon.
One of the farmers we visited was Gloria Isabel Fiesco Garcia at her farm Finca La Reforma. Her farm currently spans 6 hectares, and she is planting a further 3 hectares at the moment. Gloria had had a long history in coffee, having produced coffee for 20 years and learning the ropes from her grandmother when she was a child on the farm. When the coffee leaf rust hit Colombia hard in the 80s, she moved to La Plata and worked as a cook. From there, she met her husband and inherited the farm around a similar time. She’s been there ever since and now has two children.
- Region: La Plata and Pitalito, Huila
- Farm/Mill: El Yalcon
- Variety: Caturra, Colombia
- Process: Washed
- Altitude: 1500-1900masl
- Harvest: April-July 2021
- ESPRESSO RECIPE
- Dose: 17.5g
Time: 28-32 secs
- Suggested method: Inverted Aeropress
Water: 220ml/ 92°C
Time: 3-4 mins
We omniroast our beans to suit any brew method. To find the method that suits your kit, check out our Brew Guides.
Dark - just up to the start of second, but make sure you extend the development time on this coffee.
The name El Yalcón comes from the Indigenous pueblo that used to be where La Plata is today. This indigenous settlement was taken over in the late 16th century when the Spanish arrived in the region. They came looking for gold but instead found silver, which is why the name was changed to “La Plata”. However, this indigenous community left its mark, and although the name of this settlement has been changed, El Yalcón will never be forgotten!