Colombia Tres Santos Micro-Lot Almaguer by Intelligentsia Coffee Review |
  • Intelligentsia Coffee

    Chicago, Illinois
  • Colombia Tres Santos Micro-Lot Almaguer

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: January 2006
Origin: Valle de Cauca Department, western Colombia Price: $15.95/16oz

Blind Assessment: Pure yet extravagant notes of coffee fruit and flowers themselves carry with breathtaking simplicity from aroma into the sweetly acidy cup. I don't recall having experienced the taste of the coffee fruit (think sweetly tart cherries) and the voluptuous scent of the coffee flower (jasmine) so distinctly and so intensely. The slightly astringent finish and turn toward ripe tomato as the cup cools reveals that, at this writing, the coffee is perhaps a bit young, but drink it now because tomorrow it will be out the roaster door. Nominated by reader Herman Reichold who calls it "one of - if not the - best coffees I have had the pleasure to drink."

Notes: This coffee is a very small lot purchased by Intelligentsia based on its exclusive relationship with a group of seven small Colombian cooperatives of small holders. This particular lot, chosen by Intelligentsia coffee buyer Geoff Watts, was produced by small farmer Alciabiades Garcia at an average growing altitude of 5,400 feet from trees of the Caturra variety. Intelligentsia is a leading Chicago-area roaster with a Keith Haring-style logo, excellent coffee, and a commitment to quality epitomized by the practice of printing roast dates on coffee packaging. Visit or call 888-945-9786 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Garcia Marquez readers.


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