Mr. Espresso

Colombia El Bado

Location: Oakland, California

Origin: Narino Department, southern Colombia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Review Date: April 2014

Agtron: 54/68

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Crisply sweet, complete. Roasted cacao nib, orangy citrus, almond butter, honeysuckle, apricot in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart, juicy acidity; lightly but distinctly syrupy mouthfeel. Cacao and flowers in particular persist in a sweet finish.


El Bado is a Cup of Excellence record holder of sorts with four consecutive top-twenty placements, a tribute to the efforts of farmer Maria Diaz, who took over operations with the help of her son after her husband passed away. Mr. Espresso is a San Francisco Bay Area wholesale roaster and espresso parts distributer that slow-roasts its coffees using traditional wood-fired roasting machines. Visit www.mrespresso.com or call 510-287-5200 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Fine balance in a roundly tart but very sweet profile.

This review originally appeared in the April, 2014 tasting report: Colombia on the Rebound

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