Intelligentsia Coffee

Colombia Tres Santos Micro-Lot El Portal

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Origin: Valle de Cauca Department, western Colombia

Roast: Medium-Light

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Review Date: February 2008

Agtron: 58/66

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Sweet-toned, crisply rich aroma with chocolate, cedar, flowers, ripe tomato notes. In the cup powerfully but sweetly acidy, with continued flowers, cocoaish chocolate, tart cherry notes and a pungent hint of cedar. Rich, sweet, chocolate-toned finish; very slight astringency in the long.


Tres Santos is a coffee competition in Colombia organized by Intelligentsia green coffee buyer Geoff Watts designed to uncover the finest lots of coffee from small-holding farmers on a seasonal basis in the Huila (and in the case of this coffee) Cauca growing regions and reward them with recognition and high purchase prices. This prize-winner is from the farm of Javier Ladino. Intelligentsia is a distinguished Chicago-based specialty roaster and a leader in sourcing and roasting small, exceptional lots of coffee like this one. Visit www.intelligentsiacoffee.com or call 888-945-9786 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A classic, complete Latin-American high-grown breakfast cup.

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

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