Big Shoulders Coffee

Granja La Esperanza Colombia

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Origin: Valle del Cauca growing region, Colombia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $24.00/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2016

Agtron: 56/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Intricately composed, deeply sweet-savory. Pink grapefruit zest, chocolate fudge, dried papaya, roasted pumpkin, fresh bay leaf in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet-tart acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish leads with rich chocolate fudge notes in the short, followed by roasted pumpkin and bay leaf in the long.


Produced by farmer Rigoberto Herrera at Granja La Esperanza in Colombia, an innovative producer that specializes in impressive and innovative work with unusual cultivars of Arabica. Comprised entirely of the distinguished, big-beaned Pacamara variety of Arabica and processed by the honey method, which means that the outer skin is removed as it is in the wet or “washed” process, but at least some of the sticky fruit residue is allowed to dry on the bean and later removed by machine along with the parchment skin. Big Shoulders Coffee is a Chicago artisan roaster that emphasizes a fresh-roasted, no-nonsense approach to fine coffee. Visit www.bigshoulderscoffee.com or call 312-888-3042 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A resonantly aromatic Pacamara cup with a sweetly savory throughline and inviting rich chocolate complication.

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