Here we are, Dear Readers. We have to come to the end of the line, the bottom of the box—the January MistoBox, that is.
This is the last of the reviews of the four coffees that MistoBox sent me this month. But before I go any further, I’d like to personally thank Samantha and Connor, at MistoBox, for being so generous. This has been a tremendous week so far, at the Table, and you two are to thank for that.
Now, without any further ado…
Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we are sipping a cup of Finca La Argelia, from Azahar Coffee Company in Mountain View, California. Feel free to pull up a chair.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find much information about the farm itself during my research. I did, however, find this video about the farm, that was produced by Azahar Coffee Company:
origin: Pijao, Colombia
farm: Finca La Argelia
elevation: 1580-1900 meters above sea level
cultivar: Caturra, Castillo
process: semi-washed, patio dried
Brewing the Finca La Argelia, I am lulled in by a warm and soft, but rich and spicy, aroma with notes of spiced wood, cinnamon, citrus, and lightly floral aromatics.
Spicy cedar greets the palate first, sending tingles up and down my tongue; the first few sips finishing off with a flutter of lilac aromatics. As it cools off a little bit, a soft salted caramel flavor introduces itself, flowing out of the cup lazily. At this point, a few fruity flavors come out, like juicy red apple and strawberry.
Closer to room temperature, caramel becomes the dominant flavor at the front of each sip; the fruits become more fleshed out, more intense, juicier—now I’m picking out notes of apple, plum, green grape, and blood orange. A sharp citrus acidity streams right down the middle of the tongue, before swirling around the palate, revealing cashews in the finish, and leaving behind nothing but a clean, crisp, fresh feeling.
Full body; silky mouthfeel; citrus acidity; clean finish.
the bottom line:
With the Finca La Argelia, from Azahar Coffee Company, you get a really solid, very straightforward cup of coffee that doesn’t really have many frills and thrills, but one that certainly isn’t lacking in flavor. This is a wonderful, tasty Colombian brew that isn’t going to “wow” you with complexity, but isn’t going to disappoint you either.
And, thus, wraps up January MistoBox week. When I did my roundup of coffee subscription services, I highlighted that MistoBox had a great concept and a great service, sending four coffees per month right to your front door for a really low price. Now, I can go a step beyond that and affirm that, not only does MistoBox send four coffees per month right to your front door for a really low price, they send you four quality coffees. And I think that’s saying a lot for a coffee subscription service—any company could send four coffees per month; but to send four quality coffees month after month after month? That’s a feat.
The four coffees I had this week were really, really good—there wasn’t one of them that I wouldn’t recommend to anybody.
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Andrew is a husband, father, dog lover, craft beverage enthusiast, content creator, and niche market Internet celebrity. Formerly of A Table in the Corner of the Cafe and The Pulitzer Project and contributor to Barista Magazine and Mental Floss, he’s been writing on the Internet for years.