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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Colombia La Palma Y El Tucan Gesha

Location: San Diego, California

Origin: Cundinamarca Department, central Colombia

Roast: Light

Est. Price: NA

Review Date: June 2017

Agtron: 62/84

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Exuberant, delicately spice-toned. Sandalwood, roasted cacao nib, strawberry, roasted almond, tea rose in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy, intensely floral-toned acidity; velvety mouthfeel. The flavorful finish leads with notes of cacao nib and strawberry in the short, consolidating to sandalwood and rose in an impressively ringing, persistent long.

Notes:

Produced by La Palma & El Tucan, an innovative, quality- and sustainability-focused Colombia producer, from trees of the celebrated Gesha (also Geisha) variety of Arabica. This coffee tied for the second-highest rating in a tasting of women-produced coffees for Coffee Review‘s June 2017 tasting report. Based in the San Diego area, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is a retailer and wholesaler focused on organic and socially responsible coffees; it was awarded the “2012 Micro-Roaster of the Year” title from Roast Magazine. Visit www.birdrockcoffee.com or call 858-551-1707 for more information.

The Bottom Line: An almost shockingly original Gesha cup, intense, surprising and intricate in its layered aromatics, brisk yet sweet in structure.


This review originally appeared in the June, 2017 tasting report: Holding Up (More Than) Half The Sky: Coffees From Women Producers