Colombia La Esperanza
|Roaster Location:||Acton, Massachusetts|
|Coffee Origin:||Tolima growing region, south-central Colombia|
|Review Date:||February 2006|
High-toned, delicate aroma, with sweet flowering grass and cherryish coffee fruit notes, hints of flowers, milk chocolate, apple-toned pipe tobacco. In the cup rich but still delicate with flower and apple notes and a wine-like, or perhaps apple cider-like, character, crisp yet lush. Clean, sweetly tart finish.
La Esperanza represents the best 20% of production from a tiny, five-acre farm operated by widowed grower Isabel Soto at a very high 5,900 feet of elevation in the Department of Tolima. 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
Sensory extremists with a classic streak.
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This review originally appeared in the February, 2006 tasting report: Colombia Runs the Table: Twelve at Ninety