Intelligentsia Coffee

Colombia Tres Santos Micro-Lot Melange

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Origin: Valle de Cauca Department, western Colombia

Roast: Medium-Light

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Review Date: February 2006

Agtron: 55/69

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Very deep, resonant aroma, with distinct floral and cherry-toned coffee fruit notes, buttery chocolate, and a slight, bracing suggestion of fresh-cut cedar. In the cup giddily and sweetly acidy, with continued clear, intense floral notes and a Chardonnay-like fruit. A hint of butter and, as the cup cools, ripe tomato. The cleanly rich finish stiffens just slightly as the cup cools.


A blend or “melange” of two coffee lots purchased by Intelligentsia based on its exclusive relationship with a group of seven small Colombian cooperatives. These two lots, chosen by Intelligentsia coffee buyer Geoff Watts, were produced respectively by farmers Jair Garcia and Alciabiades Garcia. Intelligentsia is a leading Chicago-area roaster with a Keith Haring-style logo, excellent coffee, and a commitment to quality epitomized by the practice of printing roast dates on coffee packaging. Visit www.intelligentsiacoffee.com or call 888-945-9786 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who prefer symphonies to string quartets.

This review originally appeared in the February, 2006 tasting report: Colombia Runs the Table: Twelve at Ninety

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