Van Houtte Cafe
|Roaster Location:||Montreal, Quebec|
|Coffee Origin:||Northern Sumatra, Indonesia|
|Review Date:||January 2006|
Blind Assessment: In the aroma the earthy scent of moist fallen leaves and sweet grapefruit, with a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. In the cup I couldn't find the chocolate, but the fresh-turned, leafy earth tones and the sweet grapefruit intensified. The earth tones remain soft and free of hardness in the long, sweet finish. This is one of several Van Houtte coffees cited by reader Carolyn Jones, who simply testifies that Van Houtte has "awesome coffee!"
Notes: A classic traditionally processed Sumatra, typically marked by low acidity and idiosyncratic flavor notes that appear to result from serendipitous taints - mild ferment and mildew - acquired during unconventional drying procedures. Van Houtte ("A Taste of Europe in Your Cup") is a large Canadian coffee roaster and office coffee provider with its roots in European small-batch roasting. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy earthy/fruity Sumatras and those newcomers interested in giving this idiosyncratic coffee type a try.
This review originally appeared in the January, 2006 tasting report: Romance and Perfection: 2006 Readers' Choices