An awesome find! This was represented as Volcano Coffee Company's "value" coffee. It's plentiful and grows readily, making it less expensive to produce. But the quality of production and processing is as good as all their coffees, and this year the weather was absolutely perfect for these beans. As a result, Veneza is a truly delicious coffee that you can afford to fall in love with!
Veneza has a strong, clear "classic coffee" aroma, deep mineral tones, plus bright citrus notes. Its taste is well-rounded and without flaw. A good choice for brewing at gatherings or offices when you need to please a wide variety of palates. If you're a fan of iced coffee, you should also know that this makes one of the most drinkable iced coffees we've had in a while.
There is no other terroir in the world similar to the unique microclimate of Pocos de Caldas, which is angled perfectly toward the sun. Pocos de Caldas receives sharply divided day and night periods that begin with early morning sun full-on until 4 pm, when the sun suddenly is cut off by passing across the rim of the crate at the top of the mountain, triggering a burst of energy (sugar) conversion into flavor in the beans. The soil is an enriched combination of volcanic minerals and rainforest soil, giving the coffee an abundace of nutrition and minerals. The coffees consist of a variety of unusual Arabica sub-types, including golden-fruited Catuai.
These coffees are sustainably grown, UTZ Certified, and direct-trade. Volcano Coffee Company also practices an innovative reinterpretation of "shade-grown" coffee: instead of interplanting hardwood trees with their coffee (which is of limited usefulness for wildlife due to lack of underbrush and biodiversity), they preserve wide strips of intact rainforest between different planting areas. This lets the coffee get the right amount of sun, protects biodiversity, and provides undisturbed habitat for wildlife.
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