The Lab

IKAWA Sample Roasting: Washed


Colombia Nariño La Unión


The Colombia Nariño La Union lots were purchased during a recent trip to Colombia by Royal Coffee NY. This mixture of Caturra, Colombia, and Castillo varietals comes to us from the Nariño region of Colombia, from approximately sixty families in the La Union municipality. This lot is built with deliveries from smallholder producers ranging in altitude from 1,800 to 2,100masl. The producers wash, ferment, and dry the parchment in solar raised beds before delivering the parchment to the local mill.

 Colombia Narino La Union

Colombia Narino La Union


Ikawa Roast Analysis:

Our goal with this test was to find a roast that was comparable to our Probat sample roaster, so we started by creating a standard sample roast profile.  We were aiming to have first crack happen around 7:30 minutes, with a development time between 20-25%.  We accomplished this with the second profile[1] we tried for this coffee:

[1] You’ll need the IKAWA Pro app installed on your tablet or phone in order to use this profile with your IKAWA roaster

Cupping Information:

After cupping different roast profiles for the Colombia Nariño Excelso from La Union on the Ikawa, we selected our favorite roast based on the following cupping notes and scores that it provided:

We scored this roast an 85.25 using the standard SCA cupping form. On the dry fragrance we noticed a pleasant citrus note, paired with some sugar browning aromatics on the wet (caramel and brown sugar). The flavor attributes were complex but extremely balanced, showing notes of melon, cherry, caramel and orange. This coffee shows a great deal of complexity and we feel can be used in quite a few scenarios including single origin pour over or drip, blend component for a drip or espresso, even a sweet and smooth cold brew. Reach out to your trader today to talk further regarding this excellent coffee that just arrived.



Colombia Nariño La Union: NJ: 239 Bags / Ref: 33707

Coming Soon:

This isn’t the only coffee from Nariño that we have available. There are 27 more micro lots arriving from our partner producers, including one by Rosa Maria Santander from her farm “El Recuerdo.” All these coffees will be arriving by the end of October. Contact your trader today to chat about this lot and many others from Nariño!

Rosa Maria Santander “Finca El Recuerdo,” 8 bag lot. Sweet, with notes of raspberry, peach, and honey.