Organic Colombia SOS Fondo Paez Cooperative
|Roaster Location:||Boulder, Colorado|
|Coffee Origin:||Valle de Cauca Department, western Colombia|
|Est. Price:||$12.99/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||May 2013|
Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Ken (93) and his co-taster (93) both admired this roundly and very discreetly roast-influenced espresso. They found the aroma deeply pungent, the flavor complex with a wide range of sensation: raisin, apricot, flowers, fresh-cut cedar, “crisp, fresh berry” (co-taster). Ken particularly admired the full, syrupy (for the co-taster buttery) mouthfeel. Long, sweet, cedary (Ken’s word) finish. The co-taster in particular made a case for this espresso in three parts milk, where it showed chocolate and a fresh, sugar-cane-like sweetness.
Notes: Certified organically grown by the Fondo Paez Cooperative. Although a logo for "FairTradeProof.org" appears on the label of the attractive 12-ounce valve-topped can, the absence of the trademarked Fair Trade seal indicates this coffee is not certified by Fair Trade USA. Conscious Coffee is, however, affiliated with the buyers' group Cooperative Coffees as well as the Fair Trade Federation, a membership (rather than certifying) organization devoted to "providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide." Conscious Coffee is a wholesale roasting company focused on organic single-origin coffees and direct trade relationships with growers. It is committed to low impact business practices and "supporting communities, not commodities." Visit
Who Should Drink It: Classic coffee, classically roasted for espresso to develop both depth and sweetness and a wide range of aromatic nuance.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2013 tasting report: Lighter and Brighter: Single-Origin Espressos