Coffee Review - Ecuador Luca Vera by Fratello Coffee
  • Fratello Coffee Roasters

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Ecuador Lucas Vera Typica

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: March 2013
Origin: Vilcabamba, Loja Province, southern Ecuador. Price: $16.85/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Intense; richly and crisply bittersweet. Almond, dark chocolate, honey, a hint of flowers and a distinctive tart berry note suggesting, perhaps, acai. Crisp, gently juicy acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. The chocolate note in particular resonates in a long, deep finish.

Notes: Farmer Lucas Vera produced this very small, “nano” lot of fine coffee entirely from trees of the traditional Typica variety of Arabica. Calgary-based Fratello is a second-generation boutique coffee roaster owned by three brothers who focus on responsible trade relationships with coffee growers. Visit or call 800-944-2545 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy naturally crisp, pleasingly bittersweet sensations. This definitely is not the bittersweetness of darker roasted coffees, for example, but is a very graceful bittersweet tartness reminiscent of certain fruits and berries.


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