Orleans Coffee Exchange
San Juanillo Estate, French
|New Orleans, Louisiana
First pungent then complex, the aroma is full of intrigue. We get a bit less in the cup, but given the darkness of the roast what remains is still impressive: enough acidity to keep the body lively, and generally an admirable balance between the qualities of the coffee and the impact of the roast.
A very dark roast that still is balanced, with a lively acidity. This estate Costa Rica (in a lighter-roasted incarnation I'm sure) took a prize at the most recent Sintercafé cupping contest.
Who Should Drink It
Classicists who crave a very dark roast. The clarity and completeness of the Costa-Rican profile works itself out nicely in dark-roast terms.
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This review originally appeared in the April, 1997 tasting report: The Dark-Roast Controversy