Coffee Review - Monserrate Competition Espresso by Coava Coffee
  • Coava Coffee Roasters

    Portland, Oregon
  • Monserrate Competition Blend Espresso

Roast: Medium Review Date: January 2011
Origin: Huila Department, Colombia Price: $20.00/500 grams (17.6 oz.)

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Rich and round in the aroma with soft hints of milk chocolate, stone fruit and baking spice. In the small cup the flavors broaden: apricot and honeydew melon deepened by dark chocolate and fresh tobacco. Flavors soften and persist rather deeply in the finish. In two parts milk, candied citrus peel and caramelized fruit maintain rich authority.

Notes: In a community of over forty-two family farms, Monserrate coffee producers organized several years ago into the Associative Group of Producers of the New Millennium and have been expanding their numbers since. A blend of the top scoring lots from an annual competition that is open to coffee producers in the Monserrate community. Coava is a Portland based coffee roaster that aims to provide quality coffee and the knowledge needed to properly brew that coffee. Visit or call 503-894-8134 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Shades of fruit nuance dominate both in the straight shot and in milk.


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