region: Medina Espejo, Nariño, Colombia
farm: Finca Las Murgas
producer: Wilson Rene Lopez
elevation: 2000 – 2200 meters above sea level
process: fully washed, patio dried
The aroma of the Wilson Lopez Colombia is fragrant and complex. It’s lightly sweet, with scents of vanilla and caramel—not unlike creme brulee; then there’s some lively lime and tropical fruit notes. I’m also getting some interesting nuances of hickory and florals.
The flavor follows the nose; again, this is kind of a complex cup of coffee. It’s medium-bodied, and has a juicy mouthfeel that splashes on the tongue and completely envelops it; so even though it’s medium-bodied, it completely occupies my palate. Up front I’m getting some really unique flavors: white chocolate, lavender, cola… There is an underlying sweet-tartness from a sweet lime acidity that intensifies as the cup cools. The cup also presents some bright, lively tropical fruit flavors during this cooling off phase: melon, mango,
Compelling Coffee recently won a Good Foods Award for their Ethiopia Banko Gotiti and, upon being thrust into the national spotlight, promptly sold out of a few of the coffees in their current rotation. Unfortunately, their Wilson Lopez Colombia was one of those, and it sold out a few days before I had the opportunity to post this review.
It’s no wonder it sold out so quickly, though… It was a really tasty coffee.
*content courtesy of Middle State Coffee
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