Origin: Columbia - Arauca
Region: Sierra Nevada
Certifications: Direct Trade
The chocolate starts off with a rich toasted biscuit, full chocolate and dried apricots in the aroma that starts the mouth watering. The chocolate flavor is full, deep and fudge like with a great mixture of sun warmed apricots and a balancing vibrancy of orange citrus hints. The overall profile is round, full, creamy, succulent and eminently satisfying.
I marked the acidity a little high but it is more a vibrancy than acidity. That vibrancy is clean and comes across as a noticeable but not bracing acidity balanced by a little macadamia/cashew nuttiness and just a hint of clean loam. At first you might not think there is much bitterness here, or maybe none, but there is some but it is covered by the inherent sweetness.
The drum roasting profile I used for the evaluation sample was 14:55/17:25/21:30 @ 254 F. You can likewise take this bean a little farther EOR since the bean is bolder in flavor than many. Due to the nutty nature keep your attention focused on sharp aromas that can make the nut go extra bitter. Overall it is a durable bean, so just be mindful. It isn't a delicate flower of a bean.
Roast 2 lb and use P1 on the one pound setting, for 19-20 minutes or until you hear a pop or two. Then take it longer. 2-3 minutes. It is virtually impossible to over roast in the Behmor with 2 lb in there. If you are using the current model with Manual control, turning down the power to P4 (75% power) when it starts to become aromatic (or smells sharp) is a nice way to keep the EOR tempering in check.
Pre-heat your oven to 325 F. Put 1-2 lb of beans onto a tray single layer deep. Check the temperature every 5 minutes, stirring at that time. When the beans are in the 205-215 range, reduce the oven temperature to about 10-15 F above your target EOR, so if you are going for 255 F, set it to 270 F. When the beans reach your desired temperature and/or are smelling sharp, another 15-30 minutes, remove them and let them cool. This should give you a nice fully developed roasted bean that is in little danger of being over roasted.