Today, a majority of Colombia is Castillo. There is still a decent amount of Caturra, however, it is rapidly shrinking. And Typica is becoming more and more rare to come by, with the exception of Inza. During the spread of Colombia and particularly during the spread of Castillo, Inza was very difficult to travel to. The roads were in rough shape, and later-on there was a lot of FARC activity in the area. This resulted in the FNC canvasing the entire country while keeping the spread of these varieties minimal to Inza. The result has been an area where you still see Typica, Caturra, and even some Bourbon.
When I taste these coffees, they generally offer a brightness, and a floral tea quality, that is special to find in Colombia. The floral characters are met with syrupy sweetness. Depending on the vintage or the lot, we may see more dark berries vs. juicy orange, however, the syrupy sweetness is always alive. As I’ve spent time in the area, it seems there is a little more than just new varieties that didn’t make its way to Inza, and I think this is for better. Here, you find a community that has evolved and shaped uniquely, and beautifully from any other coffee producing area in the country. Visiting here and spending time with the people, like anywhere, there is a story that you learn that gives scope to the place. What I love about Inza, is it’s a place that offers coffee that gives us a taste of history, and a glimpse of what coffee may have been like 50 years prior.
Excited to try Inza? You can find the bag here.