Noble Coffee Roasting - Colombia Los Vascos

Noble Coffee Roasting - Colombia Los Vascos
7.6

Acidity

6.0 /10

Aftertaste

8.0 /10

Aroma

8.0 /10

Balance

9.0 /10

Body

10.0 /10

Complexity

8.0 /10

Flavor

7.0 /10

Forgiveness

7.0 /10

Sweetness

5.0 /10

Versatility

8.0 /10

Pros

  • Great balance
  • Full-bodied
  • Unique flavor notes
  • Versatile across brew methods, including cold brew

Cons

  • Limited sweetness

One of my favorite coffee roaster discoveries last year was Noble Coffee Roasting out of Ashland, OR. I was fortunate to not only try several of their coffees in 2016, but I also had a chance to visit them when I was driving down from Portland on my way back to San Francisco last Fall.

The Colombia Los Vascos was a particularly yummy single origin coffee, with lots of body to go along with its plum acidity.

Some other things I picked up throughout the course of brewing this coffee were its tomato soup and BBQ aromas, as well as its wood barrel aftertaste. If I were to describe the Colombia Los Vascos with one word it would probably be rustic.

General Notes & Observations

Roast: Medium-Light
Producers: Asotbilbao Cooperative
Country of Origin: Colombia
Region: Bilbao, Tolima
Variety: Caturra, Bourbon, Catimor
Processing method: Washed
Growing altitude: Unknown
Aroma: Tomato soup
Roaster tasting notes: Plum, cacao nibs, orange zest
Coffee Concierge tasting notes: Plum, BBQ, wood barrel, chocolate

Favorite brew method: Cold Brew via the BeanPlus

Summary

The 2016 Colombia Los Vascos was a nicely balanced and versatile coffee that worked great as pour over and cold brew. Although it’s no longer available (at the time of this review), make sure to check the Noble website in the Fall to see if they brought it back.

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