Colombia Toledo Labateca
|Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Norte de Santander Department, Colombia
A complex and interesting coffee rather than a perfect one. The aroma is subdued but round and sweet with a distinct cherry-toned milk chocolate. In the cup the acidity is soft but the fruit turns bracing and tartly sweet -- think the pleasantly sour sweetness of pie cherries. As the cup cools the fruit softens once again, revealing a refined but almost candyish chocolate character.
CC's Coffee is the upscale specialty line of Community Coffee, a distinguished family-owned coffee company founded in 1919. This coffee is facilitated by a sustainable coffee partnership between Community Coffee and the Toledo and Labateca community first established in 2001. Community puts ten cents per pound of coffee purchased into a local endowment for social development projects, including a new technical school for high-school-age children. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Lovers of refined French-style fruit pastries.
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This review originally appeared in the December, 2004 tasting report: Savory Partnerships: Relationship Coffees