|Roaster Location:||Durango, Colorado|
|Coffee Origin:||Chimaltenango, Guatemala|
|Est. Price:||$14.75/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||November 2016|
Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Of three reviewers, Ken (93) was most supportive of this crisply chocolaty, silky-bodied espresso, citing its balanced range of baker’s chocolate, flowers and fruit. Jen Apodaca’s (92) descriptors overlapped Ken’s. For John DiRuocco (89), however, the sample was “a bit bipolar,” lacking coherence, although he praised the baker’s chocolate and pleasing mouthfeel. Everyone liked this one in three-parts milk, which help the chocolate sweeten and blossom.
Notes: Produced by the Ortega family exclusively from trees of the Bourbon variety of Arabica. Processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying). This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a tasting of single-origin espressos from the Americas for Coffee Review‘s November 2016 tasting report. Located in southwestern Colorado, Durango Coffee lays claim to a rich coffee history that dates to 1886. Its motto is “Tough Town, Great Coffee.” Visit www.durangocoffee.com or call 800-748-2275 for more information.
The Bottom Line: Those who value a crisp dry chocolate with a floral edge should particularly enjoy this coffee, which may owe its dry chocolate and flowers to the heirloom Bourbon-variety trees that produced it.
This review originally appeared in the November, 2016 tasting report: New-World Espressos: Single-Origin Espressos from the Americas