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Victrola Coffee Roasters

Bolivia Caranavi Cenaproc Co-op

Location: Seattle, Washington

Origin: Caranavi growing region, Bolivia.

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $9.50/8 ounces (227 grams)

Review Date: May 2011

Agtron: 43/55

Aroma: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 10

With Milk: 8

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Both Ken (94) and co-taster Sean Kohmescher (94) remarked on and enjoyed distinct and subtly unusual roasted nut and fudgy (Sean’s term) chocolate notes in aroma and small cup. Also some fruit complication (orange for Ken, berry for Sean). Medium to full body, smooth mouthfeel, and a superb finish that just keeps coming, carrying subtly transforming flavor notes far into the reaches of sensory memory. Fades just a bit in two parts milk, but remains pleasing and balanced.

Notes:

Certified organically grown. Grown under a canopy of nitrogen-fixing, soil preserving Inga trees, with some citrus as well, by small-holding farmers of the CENAPROC cooperative. Victrola is a small-batch, hands-on roaster with a passionate commitment to quality and distinctiveness. Visit www.victrolacoffee.com or call 206-624-1725 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Superb and quietly distinctive straight-shot espresso; finely nuanced nut and chocolate.


This review originally appeared in the May, 2011 tasting report: Single-Origin Espressos

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