Intelligentsia Coffee

Tres Santos Micro-Lot La Dorada Cauca

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Origin: Valle de Cauca Department, western Colombia

Roast: Medium-Light

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Review Date: February 2008

Agtron: 56/66

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 7

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweet-toned, quiet aroma with nut, dried cherry and chocolate. Elegantly balanced cup: softly acidy, silky in mouthfeel, with continued dried cherry, cocoaish chocolate and a slight brightening hint of lemon. The chocolate notes in particular carry into the long, rich, complex finish.


Tres Santos is a coffee competition in Colombia organized by Intelligentsia green coffee buyer Geoff Watts designed to uncover the finest lots of coffee from participating small-holding farmers from the harvests of the Huila (and in the case of this coffee) Cauca growing regions, rewarding them with recognition and high purchase prices. This prize-winner is from the farm of Alvaro Quintero. Intelligentsia is a distinguished Chicago-based 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: An elegant and complete coffee expression, accessible but rewarding.

This review originally appeared in the February, 2008 tasting report: Juan Valdez's Progeny: Micro-Lot and Other Fine Colombias

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