Manzanita Roasting Company

Colombia Finca Recuerdo

Location: San Diego, California

Origin: Huila Department, southern Colombia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2016

Agtron: 54/82

Aroma: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 8

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Reviewer Jen Apodaca (95) loved this coffee: “rosewater, Meyer lemon, peach preserves, honey and brown sugar … Sweet and aromatic from start to finish … a standout in milk.” John DiRuocco (91) was less enthusiastic, though he praised this coffee’s delicacy and raisin and sweet chocolate notes. Ken found enough to like (blood orange, rose-like flowers, sweet pipe tobacco) to squeeze out a 90. All three reviewers found what they liked most about the coffee carrying into three parts milk.


Processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying). This coffee tied for the second-highest rating in a tasting of single-origin espressos from the Americas for Coffee Review‘s November 2016 tasting report. Husband and wife team Samantha and Weston Nawrocki founded Manzanita Roasting on their family’s 127-year-old winery in San Diego. Committed to quality direct-trade sourcing and skillful roasting, they are happy to be a part of what they call San Diego’s new “coffee frontier.” Wholesale, retail and online sales. Visit www.manzanitaroasting.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: An espresso original and provocative enough in its sweet, shifty floral and fruit notes to mildly polarize three experienced tasters. Try it and see for yourself.

This review originally appeared in the November, 2016 tasting report: New-World Espressos: Single-Origin Espressos from the Americas

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