Colombia El Lechal Cup of Excellence
|Roaster Location:||Acton, Massachusetts|
|Coffee Origin:||Cauca growing region, southern Colombia.|
|Review Date:||August 2006|
A whisper of an aroma, but a complex one: flowering grass, caramel, honey, a hint of chocolate. Amazingly sweet and delicately lush in the cup, with the honey notes intensifying and the floral notes declaring as spicy tea rose. The honey and floral notes persist in the surprisingly long, resonant finish.
A prize winner in the 2005 Colombia Second Harvest Cup of Excellence competition, where as a green (unroasted) coffee it placed fifteenth out of hundreds of entries. Produced from trees of the caturra variety of Arabica on the tiny "El Lechal" farm of Omar Antonio Perez Gomez at a growing altitude of approximately 5,900 feet. Terroir is a recently established microroaster selling only elite single-origin coffees, no blends. It specializes in medium roast styles designed to foreground the character of the green coffee. Terroir is the creation of George Howell, one of the world's leading coffee visionaries. Visit www.terroircoffee.com or call 866-444-5282 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Like the best of Terroir's very light-roasted coffees, a revelation of purity, subtlety and natural sweetness. Definitely not for those who value coffee for a darker roasted pungency and intensity.
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This review originally appeared in the August, 2006 tasting report: Now or Never: Special Reserve Coffees