Counter Culture Coffee

Colombia La Golondrina Odair Achipiz Cauca

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Origin: Valle de Cauca Department, western Colombia

Roast: Medium

Est. Price:

Review Date: February 2008

Agtron: 52/58

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

A quietly distinctive coffee that rewards attentiveness. Balanced, round, resonant in structure with restrained but pleasing aromatics: white wine, walnut, cedar, hints of flowers and chocolate. The chocolate tendencies amplify in an impressively rich finish.


La Golondrina is part of the Las Mingas project led by Counter Culture aimed at improving lives and coffees by offering substantial purchase incentives for quality among participating small producers in the Cauca region of Colombia. This small lot is from the farm of Odair Achipiz in the town of P?ez. Counter Culture is a small-batch wholesale specialty roaster with an informative and lively website, a commitment to fine coffee and youthful, enthusiastic leadership. Visit www.counterculturecoffee.com or call 888-238-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy a quiet but complex coffee with great versatility, which means it should be able to handle at least a little whitener or sweetener and drink well after dinner.

This review originally appeared in the February, 2008 tasting report: Juan Valdez's Progeny: Micro-Lot and Other Fine Colombias

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