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Colombia Reserva Del Patron Narino


Flavor Profile

Cupping Notes
Excellent body, deep, rich. complex and bright. Fruity (currants and plums) overtones with a nice chocolate background, just a hint of earthiness and a long, satisfying finish.

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  • CategoryConventional
  • CountryColombia
  • Local RegionNarino
  • ProcessWashed
  • VarietyBorbon, Caturra, Typica
  • Altitude (meters)1,600 - 2,200 masl
  • HarvestMay - June
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • DecaffeinatedNo
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The quintessential Colombian coffee, La Minita’s Reserva del Patrón hails from Nariño, the southernmost district of Colombia. This coffee is “cherry-picked” (pardon the pun) from specific growing conditions exclusively in high-altitude plantations––if coffee does not exceed 1600 meters, it is not considered for export. Because of this process, only 6,000 of La Minita’s 150,000 bags are Reserva del Patrón and make it to the highest Europrep standards produced yearly.

Cupping Notes: Bright, fruity, and well balanced. Excellent body, deep, rich, complex and bright. Fruity (currants and plums) overtones with a nice chocolate background, just a hint of earthiness and a long, satisfying finish.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating
February 3, 2011

This is my favorite coffee. A classic Colombian with wonderful flavor. When experimenting with various blends, this tends to be my base coffee. Roasting till the start of the second crack really brings out the richness. This is the only coffee I buy 25 pounds at a time.

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May 17, 2019

I am new to coffee roasting, and this colombian was purchased to test with. I was pleasantly surprised at it's aroma and flavor after roasting my first batch. I roasted until 2nd crack stage, and it was bright flavor but smooth and rich. I am a die hard fan of Kona, but this variety may replace it. I will be buying more of this!

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October 24, 2018

I am so glad I decided to try this variety. This is my new favorite Colombian! As stated in the cupping notes hints of chocolate with an extremely smooth finish of an earthy tone. It’s like fall in a cup! I have roasted just shy of second crack and personally this is the sweet spot for me. To light and it tastes thin and anything darker would be out of my taste zone. Thank you CBC for recommending this bean!!

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March 17, 2023

This is a wonderful Columbian coffee. I’ve ordered it several times—smooth with chocolate tones. This time I got 50 pounds! For me, it’s best with a dark medium roast. A lighter roast doesn’t taste as good; it’s grassy. Patrón makes a marvelous strong brew without removing your enamel. My roaster is a skillet/stirrer model with a clear lid and a thermostat. I roast a single layer of beans until right at second crack. Don’t roast them black! Charcoal is not a good flavor profile.

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January 25, 2020

Roasted these for a total of 12 mins in my Hive Roaster and the plum notes showed up nicely, which made my wife happy! Happy wife = happy life! I'll be ordering a big ol' bag of these as it's as advertised ... deep, rich, luxurious, decadent, long lasting, etc. I went about 90 seconds past FC with these and I did all I could to slowly develop these up to AND after FC and I was rewarded greatly. These may just be tied for the best Colombian beans I've ever had!

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February 27, 2023

I love most all the beans at CBC. Such a great place to source your green unroasted coffee. This one is no different. I’ve had these beans since last spring and they still roast up very nicely using my SR800 with extension tube at a specific profile for 11-1/2 minutes just a way into second crack. Rested additional days in vacuum bags after a 3 day setup. Such a delicious coffee. A favorite Colombian I look forward to each morning.

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February 10, 2023

Bright, fruity, and well balanced. Excellent body, deep, rich and complex. A nice chocolate background, just a hint of earthiness and satisfying finish. This coffee is most enjoyable.

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August 7, 2022

I can taste the plum 18 to 24 hours after the coffee airs out. After 36 to 48 the coffee has more of a tang to it. I never had currants so it could be a currants taste flavor. I finding with three Columbian coffees i bought the coffee dances on the taste buds after 36 to 48 hours of airing out. The Columbian coffees fascinate me as far as flavor. Why the one is so expensive i do know but the others are a fair price and well worth buying.

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May 15, 2019

My go to bean. Makes great blends. I use this bean more than any other in my roasts.

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November 12, 2014

I have started to play with this one... when i roasted into the first crack as it just started i ran it through my little espresso machine and shared for sunday brunch... my friend made the comment: it taste like tobacco. and the more i think about it she was right ... not like copenhagen, but kind of like how a polain tobacco cigarette smells... it has been a long time since i have smelled one ... but still it is not in a bad way, but i keep0 enjoying cup after cup. Thank you CBC

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February 27, 2010

My advice: don't stop on 1st crack with this one. Most beans, I'm happy with the flavor anywhere between city roast and Vienna roast (1st and 2nd crack), and often happiest grinding a blend of the two roast levels. But this bean does not work for me on city roast. I'd characterize its flavor there as *sour* (not bitter), otherwise boring. But on Vienna, it comes to life, with wonderful Colombian flavor, smooth and deep.

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February 21, 2008

Great smell, from the roast to grind to the pot. Also forgiving roast. I have roasted from first crack to expresso and the flavor is always interesting. Great after taste and sets well in the pot (up to two hours)

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May 28, 2023

What a great coffee this is. You would have to blend 3 types of coffee to get something this good. Rich, smooth, sweet, fruity and chocolaty and so savory. The best at medium++. Xlnt..

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May 1, 2022

Roasted past FC to a darker medium roast. A very well balanced cup, smooth complex with a chocolate finish. The beans quality was excellent, very even roast. With so many choices of great beans from CBC is hard to choose a favorite.

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April 4, 2022

This coffee roasted to true medium brown is not good flavor when eaten with sweet food, but is a good sipping coffee. It is smooth, complex, with a slight chocolate finish.

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May 22, 2020

Very nice thanks

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February 21, 2020

I always buy a premium Colombian

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February 17, 2020

I roast very dark. It is my favorite dark roast. I brew a double shot for a latte. The chocolate flavor from the dark roast compliments the froth and foam.

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February 7, 2020

Rich, great flavor, balanced, wonderful aroma. This is an easy drinker. Nice sweetness. I can easily see this becoming our staple coffee at the cafe.

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December 7, 2019

Excellent coffee. With the Maui Red Catui unavailable or ridiculously priced, I have been trying Costa Rican varieties. Good but not great. Recently I bought 20 lbs of this Columbia Reserva Patron del Narino just to experiment with because it seemed like a great price. I’m still trying to find my favorite roasting level but it has amazing flavor at the first and second cracks and everywhere between. Full, fruity and yes, well-balanced. I’m migrating back to Columbia beans.

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July 1, 2019

I love this coffee! This is my favorite way to start the day. The aroma and taste are outstanding!

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August 25, 2018

This coffee is likely the best Columbian you can find. I have been roasting and drinking this coffee for years and have always gotten consistent quality of taste. Just after the second crack and right before that oily sheen appears on the beans indicates you have maximized the roasting of this truly outstanding bean. Also, roasting with equal parts of Yergacheffe, you get a taste that is hard to beat!

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