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Freedom Coffee Roasters

Decaf Colombian Excelso

Location: Chicago, Illinois

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Roast: NA

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Review Date: March 2000

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Aroma: 8

Acidity: 6

Body: 7

Flavor: 8

Blind Assessment:

An uneven coffee, heartbreakingly uneven, given that some of the cups are extraordinary: exhilarating floral tones are balanced by a dry pungency, all wrapped in a comforting, enveloping sweetness. Other cups, however, lack the floral sweetness and are merely pungent bordering on bitter.

Notes:

A sporadically splendid coffee, some times exhilaratingly floral, other times pungent bordering on bitter. Decaffeinated by the European process using the solvent methylene chloride. Excelso is a comprehensive grade of Colombia coffee that combines the large-beaned Supremo grade, the smaller-beaned Extra grade, plus the peaberries of both grades. Freedom Coffe

Who Should Drink It: Adventurers willing to risk a little disappointment on the way to pleasure. The fact that Colombia coffees like this one are produced on small farms and prepared and dried by the farmers, then combined into larger lots, probably accounts for the unevenness of this sporadically splendid coffee.


This review originally appeared in the March, 2000 tasting report: Decaffeinated Coffees

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