Upper Left Roasters

Colombia Paisa Blend

Dark chocolate, raisin, braeburn apple.

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12oz / whole bean / free shipping

This balanced coffee launches with fragrances of caramel apple cake and cocoa nib. In the cup, all sorts of goodness happens: raisins drenched in dark chocolate waltz with caramel-dipped braeburn apples. Sweet toffee-like acidity and mild body make it versatile and extremely drinkable.

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Paisa Blend
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Meet Paisa Blend

Due to the fact that Colombia harvests and ships coffee year-round—one of the only nations to do so—there are always fresh Colombian coffees on the menu!. Thanks to this abundance and flexibility, Upper Left is able to create their Colombia Paisa, which represents the classic profile of Colombian coffees all year long.

They carefully select then and blend two fresh Colombian coffees to present a striking and complex flavor profile that is never out of season. Thus the name "Paisa," a term of endearment for Colombians, seems especially appropriate.

Our founder and General Manager, Emily McIntyre, is particularly fond of Colombia and Colombian coffees, as she had the privilege of working with coffee growers in the Manizales area, a misty section of Central Colombia with seven distinct microclimates. Coffees from Colombia tend to be mysterious, but reliable, kind of like the country's beauty and charm.

About the Region

The Antioquia region in the central northwestern part of Colombia is the place where coffee first put down roots, quite literally. But it is not just a birthplace. It grows the most coffee of any other region in Colombia, where both small producers and large estates co-exist. Coffee trees love the volcanic soil and stable climate (year-long temperatures average between 75-80 degrees F.), while the warm valleys temper the cold Andean nights higher up.

As the famous Juan Valdez commercials pointed out, mountain-grown coffee is rich in flavor (coffee ripens slower at this high altitude, resulting in a denser, richer bean), but he failed to mention the steepness of the Andes and the significant physical difficulty of tending and then harvesting coffee cherries while clinging to the hillsides. But the farmers are willing to do just that to bring their coffees to our cups, and for this we are very thankful.

Portland, OR

Upper Left Roasters

When one of the original food entrepreneurs in Portland decided to open a coffee business with his daughter, Jim and Katherine Harris did it right. A true Portland-style neighborhood café, Upper Left opened Autumn 2015 in a beautiful, light-filled space that integrates roasting with daily café operations.

Upper Left has quickly built a strong team of coffee professionals and is forming a reputation for delicious coffees, roasted by Chris Alspach on site. Upper Left offers coffees carefully sourced from around the world, to a broader audience through


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