Intelligentsia Coffee

Peru Cruz Del Sur

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Origin: Chirinos, Peru.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $18.00/16 ounces

Review Date: May 2011

Agtron: 52/65

Aroma: 8

Body: 7

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Although Ken (90) and co-taster Sean Kohmescher (90) produced identical ratings, they read this coffee a bit differently, with Sean emphasizing its brightish citrus and floral tendencies while Ken added dark chocolate and hint of brandy. Sean was citrus inclined more toward lemon and lime, Ken toward a deeper-toned orange. Both read the small cup as medium in weight though slightly lean in mouthfeel, but admired the sample performance in two parts milk, finding it smooth, creamy, complex: berry, flowers, lemony cocoa.


Certified organically grown by the Producer Association of La Palma. Part of its Black Cat Espresso program, this sample was roasted at Intelligentsia’s Los Angeles facility. With operations in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas, Intelligentsia is a distinguished specialty roaster and a leader in sourcing and roasting small, exceptional lots of coffee like this one. Visit www.intelligentsiacoffee.com or call 888-945-9786 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Whether you follow Sean’s or Ken’s reading, a balanced, suave single-shot espresso and a standout in short milk.

This review originally appeared in the May, 2011 tasting report: Single-Origin Espressos

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