Colombia, Whole Bean
|Roaster Location:||Seattle, Washington|
|Review Date:||March 2002|
Blind Assessment: Woody, dominated by a rather thin, roasty bitterness. Attenuated floral notes play at the top of the profile, dry cocoa-toned fruit toward the middle, but a rather shallow roast taste dominates.
Notes: Sold whole-bean in a 12-ounce valve bag; 75 cents per ounce. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Starbucks roasts some very fine single-origin coffees. This Colombia is not one of them. It is one of the few Starbucks coffees I have cupped that fully merits the "Charbucks" slur. Walk on by the supermarket and continue to a Starbucks store (can one be far away?) and opt for the Colombia Narino, a true specialty coffee.
This review originally appeared in the March, 2002 tasting report: The Robusta Fuss