Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mugged: Colombia [Old Soul]


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Subject: Old Soul Co.
Coffee Mugged: Colombia Suarez Estates
Rating: 4+ [see key]

Sacramento proved to me a surprisingly great city when I visited several years ago. An interesting old town area, downtown and of course, lots of good coffee made for a great place to visit (and I'm sure its a hoot to live in). From what I've heard, there's been improvements with the city and its coffee, with places like Old Soul Co., a once small-scale wholesaler turning into a multi-location coffee establishment and bakery in the past five years.

Never having tasted their wares, I was truly intrigued when they sent me out a few different coffees to review. The first up of these coffees was their Colombia Suarez Estates, sampled via french press, drip and siphon.

The drip demonstrated notes of nuttiness, apple, grass, biscuit, bits of pepper, wheat toast and a little tobacco. A good and somewhat mellow cup though the notes of pepper and tobacco proved a little too potent in the profile.

The french press had a similar make-up, with the apple, nuttiness, grass and toast standing alike. But this cup held also unsweetened cocoa, broth and standout curry. A medium bodied, good coffee with a little fleck of pungent bitterness.

The siphon was the least exciting, with the notes of nuttiness, biscuit, wheat toast, tobacco and only a little apple and honey. Not bland but not a trumpeting cup either.

In a nutshell, Old Soul's Colombia proved to be a good coffee but proving a little lackluster with certain prominent flavors such as tobacco and curry. No matter, if you're out for a good Colombian, give Old Soul a go.

note: coffee was provided free of charge and the above review is objective feedback.


Endang said...

Bill, why are you in footnote always stated that "the above review is objective feedback". Is not "taste" actually in fact is something subjective, meaning that depending on the tastes of each.

Bill said...


The footnote signifies that my opinions are unbiased in cases where I receive products for free or discounted for the purposes of reviewing them. It's to keep my actions transparent and my readers informed.

Stephanie Yoon said...

I can't say that I've ever tasted curry notes in a coffee before. Interesting. In what other types of beans do you find this flavor present?


Peppermint Tea said...

I don't usually drink coffee, but I have to say after reading your reviews with incredibly detailed descriptions, I feel like grabbing a cup! Thanks for such a wonderful resource, I will be spending my time reading through these posts!