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Review #19: Cafe San Luis


Name of Roaster: Cafe San Luis Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): Monteverde, Costa Rica

Name of Roast: Honey Process

Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Medium/Dark Origin of Beans: Monteverde, Costa Rica Price: $10.00 (250g/8.8oz) Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Fourteen Days Aroma: Opening the bag, we noted a strong roast note, pine, and semisweet chocolate. The grind provided a stronger notes of chocolate, chocolate brownie, and nutmeg. On the pour, we took in a deliciously pungent scent of honeyed sweetness.

Flavor Profile: Medium body with a high entry that settled in the front half of the mouth. Notes of wood, pine aromatics, a slight roast note, and a hint of lemon present. Acidity appears on the back end, but isn’t bothersome. The coffee stays on the center of the tongue throughout the sip. Swishing around the mouth provides a more rounded flavor and brings forth a soft dark chocolate.

Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): This coffee was surprisingly comparable in many respects to a truly distant coffee we previously reviewed: Fonte Coffee Roaster’s Myanmar Blue Mountain Estate. From its large bloom to its woodsy aromatics and slightly acidic profile, we were struck by the similarities this coffee shared with its Asian counterpart. We recommend this coffee for those who prefer their coffee to have those pine and roast-centric flavors, and we recommend pairing this coffee with a sweeter item to counter the strong flavors we encountered in our tasting. Final Score (1-10, with 10 being the best cup of coffee in your life): 7.3. Where to Buy: Cafe San Luis Looking to do a review of your own? Hop over to the Community and get to it!

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