Cupping TableThis morning, Adam (our roaster), Bryan (cupper and customer service rep) and I had a cupping that included a newer crop as well as Sumatra Gayo Mountain and Los Planes Reserva del Mandador. I had been tasting our La Bella Vita espresso (quite tasty!) and thought I would mosey in just to see what the table had to offer. I went in blind, which is generally my preference, as I like to have an unbiased experience in the cupping room. I tend to have an affinity for fruitier coffees that border on juicy and found that two of the three were more in this category. But there was one, the very last one I tasted, that hit the spot. I slurped it 4 or 5 times before I decided to find out what it was. I was surprised to find out that it was the Reserva del Mandador from Los Planes. I have tasted it before on another table and like it, but it was usually accompanied by Ethiopian Beloya or Aricha (two of my absolute favorites ever), so my attention had been drawn away from it. After today though, I have to say that it is a very impressive coffee, and I love the little peaberries! It’s nice and juicy, with a round, grape-like acidity and a smooth finish. If you have not had a chance to try it I highly recommend that you give it a chance. It’s a truly fabulous coffee!

Holly