Colombia Tolima Cup of Excellence Presidential Award Winner El Placer
|Roaster Location:||Acton, Massachusetts|
|Coffee Origin:||Tolima growing region, south-central Colombia|
|Review Date:||February 2007|
Blind Assessment: Sweet-toned and alive with a dense, shifting complexity. Cedar, orange, distinct butterscotch, tomato, perhaps chocolate in the aroma. In the cup low-toned acidity and lightly syrupy in mouthfeel, with an almost sugary sweetness and tight-knit notes of butterscotch, caramel, honey, ripe but slightly tart orange. Rich and sweet in the short finish, though a slight hint of astringency surfaces in the long.
Notes: A prize winner in the 2006 Colombia Second Harvest Cup of Excellence competition, where as a green (unroasted) coffee it placed third out of hundreds of entries, attracting a score of 92.38 from an international jury. Produced from trees of the caturra variety at an elevation of approximately 5,100 feet by farmer Cesar Julio Munoz Calderon. Terroir is a 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: Lovers of complexly fruity white table wines.
This review originally appeared in the February, 2007 tasting report: Cupping the Andes: Southern Colombia, Bolivia and Peru