Colombia Cauca, Special Micro-Lot Selection Juvenal Penna by La Golondrina by Counter Culture Coffee Review |
  • La Golondrina by Counter Culture Coffee

    Durham, North Carolina
  • Colombia Cauca, Special Micro-Lot Selection Juvenal Penna

Roast: Medium Review Date: February 2007
Origin: Cauca Department, southern Colombia. Price: NA

Blind Assessment: Sweet-toned, quietly complex aroma: cherryish, chocolate-toned fruit with a hint of herby cedar. In the cup softly acidy and richly and exquisitely balanced, with the fruit taking on a distinct black cherry character. A coffee whose excellence ultimately lies in its suave authority and completeness.

Notes: La Golondrina represents a coffee partnership between Counter Culture's green buyer and roastmaster Peter Guiliano and Colombians Alejandro Cadena and Giancarlo Gianetti to together identify, encourage and promote through paying high premiums exceptional coffees produced by small farmers in the Inza region of Cauca Department, including this one produced by farmer Juvenal Penna. The founders named their project La Golondrina or "The Swallow" because the swallow is symbol of communication between people separated by distance and borders. Counter Culture Coffee is a small-batch wholesale specialty roaster with an informative and lively website, a commitment to fine coffee and youthful, enthusiastic leadership. Visit or call 888-238-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A coffee as effortlessly elegant as, say, the flight of a golondrina.


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