Rayos del Sol Peru Light Roast (Instant Coffee)
|Roaster Location:||San Francisco, California|
|Coffee Origin:||San Ignacio, northern Peru|
|Est. Price:||$22.00/eight 5-gram tubes|
|Review Date:||September 2018|
Blind Assessment: Evaluated at proportions of 5 grams of instant coffee powder mixed with 8.5 ounces (250 ml) of hot water. Simple, balanced. Prominent cocoa, cedar, orange zest, a faint hint of flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart in structure with a shadow of salt. Lightly syrupy in mouthfeel. Flavor holds, particularly cocoa, in the short finish, though a faintly salty wood prevails in the long.
Notes: This coffee earned the fourth-highest rating in a tasting of “instant” or soluble coffees for Coffee Review’s September 2018 tasting report. The green coffee was produced by farmer Percy Pintado from trees of the Red Caturra, Yellow Caturra and Bourbon varieties of Arabica. This is a wet-processed or “washed” coffee, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. This coffee was sourced and roasted by Intelligentsia Coffee and solubilized and packaged as an instant by Sudden Coffee in San Francisco, California. Intelligentsia is a distinguished specialty roaster and a leader in sourcing and roasting small, exceptional lots of coffee. Visit www.intelligentsiacoffee.com for more information. Founded in San Francisco in 2015 by Kalle Freese and Josh Zloof, Sudden Coffee offers “affordable luxury” with seasonal offerings of quality specialty coffee in an instant format. Visit www.suddencoffee.com for more information.
The Bottom Line: The balanced grace of Peru is sustained in this instant coffee. The cocoa notes are particularly pleasing, the hints of salty wood less so.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2018 tasting report: The New (and Old) Instant Coffees: Convenience Aspires to Quality