Equator Estate Coffees & Teas

Ecuador Perla Negra

Location: San Rafael, California

Origin: Pichincha Province, Ecuador

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $17.95/16 oz.

Review Date: June 2010

Agtron: 51/75

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Lemon-toned apricot in the aroma supported by flowers and a crisply sweet, cocoaish chocolate. All are sustained in the cup, supported by clear fruit-toned acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel and fine balance. The finish is flavor-saturated with a slight, bracing astringency.


Produced by farmer Magdalena Zavala entirely from trees of the respected Typica variety of Arabica in the northern sierra town of Nanegal, not far from Quito, Ecuador’s capital. Founded in 1995, Equator Estate Coffees & Teas is a women-owned wholesale coffee roasting company with web based retail. Equator focuses on sustainability in coffee sourcing and business practices. Visit www.equatorcoffees.com or call 800-809-7687 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A quietly original coffee: Delicately rich, tartly sweet, aromatically complex.

This review originally appeared in the June, 2010 tasting report: Along the Andes: Coffees of Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru

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