Flying Goat Coffee
|San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
A rich, low-key, satisfying cup dominated by an unusual complex of flavor notes associated with coffee from trees of the heirloom Bourbon variety. This is a dry fruit character that suggests wine at one moment, at another tart berries, at another pipe tobacco, at still another a roasty but sweet chocolate. Owner and green buyer Philip Anacker cites its "gentle acidity and distinct flavors."
From a farm on San Cristobal, one of the larger of the populated islands of the Galapagos Islands. Certified organically grown from trees of the old and distinguished Bourbon variety of arabica. Flying Goat Coffee is a boutique retail/wholesale roaster located in the wine country of northern California. It donates a portion of its profits from sale of this coffee to the Charles Darwin Foundation, an organization dedicated to the conservation of the Galapagos Islands and surrounding marine reserve. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Aficionados who want to experience a clearly delineated version of the precious Bourbon character. Anyone interested in a low-key, versatile cup with genuinely distinctive flavor notes.
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This review originally appeared in the February, 2003 tasting report: Roasters' Choices