Updated: Apr 20, 2020
Little Giant Coffee's Colombia Cauca Caldono AA Review with Work Flow & Extraction Video
Roaster: Little Giant
Coffee: Colombia Cauca Caldono AA
Type: Single Origin
Region: Caldono, Cauca
Grower: 11 producers
Importer: Royal Coffee
Varieties: Castillo, Colombia
Processing: Fully Washed and dried inside solar dryers that provide protection from the rain
Altitude: 1650 - 1800 m
Flavors: Milk Chocolate, Caramel, Papaya, Lime
I've been a fan of the work that Sprometheus does on YouTube for awhile now, so when I heard he had started Little Giant Coffee I knew that I had to try it. If you're not familiar with his channel I highly recommend that you check it out. He always has extremely informative, and relevant content.
I really like the way that Little Giant operates. He'll source a few different coffees and poll his followers to ultimately narrow down and choose a single coffee. Then he roasts that coffee, sells it till it's gone, and moves on to the next coffee.
I was sold when I saw that his latest coffee was a Colombian with notes of Papaya, so I ordered right away. I received my bag last week, and I've been drinking and testing it out like crazy. I completely destroyed this bag in just a few days, I could not get enough of it. When I first opened the bag I was extremely happy to see the beans had that perfect golden color. In my opinion they are roasted perfectly! I'm a huge fan of beans that are roasted in what I call the "Goldilocks Zone." Not too dark, not too light, but that perfect versatile golden color. I literally tested them every way I could think of, straight espresso, milk based espresso drinks, and various pour overs, and they all tasted amazing! They have a milk chocolate foundation that is creamy but still holds up well. However, the combination of Papaya and Caramel is the real star of the show. The caramel makes the Papaya taste rich and sweet which reminds me of the Mexican Paletas Helada's. Lastly the lime gives the Papaya a nice little zing of acidity that pops on the tongue. If you haven't tried this coffee yet, I suggest you grab a bag quick before it's gone!
Basket: 18g IMS Competition
Weight In: 18.8 grams
Weight Out: 37.5 grams
Extraction Time: 30 sec
Notes: Honestly I couldn't get this coffee to taste bad, and every way I tried it tasted really good. The IMS basket pulled out more sweetness which I prefer.
EQUIPMENT & TOOLS
Niche Zero Grinder: https://www.slowpoursupply.co/niche-zerohttps://www.nichecoffee.co.uk/
Niche Zero NFC Disk: https://nichespares.com
VST 18 gram Precision Filter Basket: https://store.vstapps.com/products/vst-precision-filter-baskets
Orphan Espresso - IPANEMA Tall Aluminum Portafilter Dosing Cylinder: https://www.orphanespresso.com/OE-IPANEMA-Tall-Aluminum-Portafilter-Dosing-Cylinder_p_2540.html
Decent Espresso Tamping Cradle: https://decentespresso.com/cradle
WDT Tool from Londinium: https://londiniumespresso.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=211
The Force Tamper 58.5mm Flat Base: https://www.espressoparts.com/the-force-tamp-58-5mm
Breville Dual Boiler 920XL (modified for pressure profiling): https://www.breville.com/us/en/products/espresso/bes920.html
notNeutral VERO Espresso Glass: https://www.notneutral.com/vero-espresso-clear.html
Acaia Lunar Espresso Scale: https://acaia.co/products/acaia_lunar
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