I recently received a sample box from the North Carolina roaster, HEX Coffee, which included five of their single origin coffees and their seasonal blend, which I reviewed previously. This review focuses on, Hernando Gomez, a single-origin offering from Columbia.
When drinking this coffee, the first thing I noticed was the perfectly balanced acidity. It was like biting into a green apple; there was a crisp sharpness at the beginning and then a more subtle sweetness as you finished the sip. There was a juicy, almost tropical flavor in the coffee that was really unique from Columbian coffees that I’ve tried in the past.
I tried this coffee in a variety of brew methods including v60, AeroPress and espresso. It held up really nicely in each, though I think the best expression of the coffee was in the v60. It was in that brew method that the acidity and juicy flavors were the most pronounced.
The Bottom Line
At $16.75 for 10oz, this coffee isn’t cheap. If you like South American coffees and are looking to find a unique offering from the region, this is a great one to try.