Colombia Pitalito Estate
|Roaster Location:||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Coffee Origin:||San Augustin growing region, Huila Department, southern Colombia|
|Review Date:||February 2006|
A classically lyric coffee. The aroma is intense and enveloping, with spicy ripe tomato, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and banana-like fruit notes. The ripe tomato and dark chocolate notes carry into a cup shimmering with sweet, wine-toned acidity and the unusual banana-like fruit notes, which even seem reflected in the pleasant viscosity of the mouthfeel.
Pitalito comes from a highly respected growing area east of the Andes in the southern Colombian Department of Huila. The term "Estate" may be a bit of a misnomer, as it appears that this coffee comes from a community of small-holding growers, growers who have benefited from a long-term, supportive relationship with The Roasterie. The Roasterie is a leading, quality-oriented specialty roaster that specializes in building ongoing relationships with growers and that emphasizes its commitment to "air roasting," a technology utilizing a column of hot air rather than the conventional turning drum to agitate the roasting beans. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Voluptuous coffee traditionalists.
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This review originally appeared in the February, 2006 tasting report: Colombia Runs the Table: Twelve at Ninety