Coffee Reviews

La Azucena – The Reverse Orangutan

Andrew Pautler

La Azucena - The Reverse Orangutan

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    La Azucena
  • Roaster
    The Reverse Orangutan
  • Roaster Location
    Glendora, California
  • Estimated Price
    $22.00 / 12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Strawberry, Winey, saison
  • Process
    Double fermentation, carbonic maceration
  • Varieties
    Castillo, Caturra
  • Country
    Colombia
  • Region
    Caldas, Salamina
  • Elevation
    1850 MASL
  • Producer
    La Azucena
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, espresso, Chemex
  • Roast Date
    August 16, 2020
  • Review Date
    August 22, 2020

Coffee Scoring

9.1
Aroma
9.5 / 10
Body
8.5 / 10
Flavor
9.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
9 / 10
Cleanliness
8.5 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
9.5 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Complex, layered flavors
  • Unique profile with anaerobic processing

Disclosure: Pull & Pour received coffee samples for this post, however, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Anaerobic processed coffees have been my favorite to explore this year. I’ve tried some that have ranged in flavors from tropical fruit punch to cinnamon apple pie; the flavor profiles have truly been outstanding. For this reason, I was really excited to get to try La Azucena from The Reverse Orangutan, a Colombian coffee that was double fermented with the oxygen-free processing.

La Azucena begins with a sweet, slightly funky fragrance that reminded me of strawberries and red wine. As I began to brew the coffee, I smelled notes of various fruit, subtle citrus and continued sweetness. In the flavor I tasted sweet berry notes that reminded me of a fruit-forward red wine, as well as various, more subtle floral notes. The acidity was crisp & sharp with a light, rounded mouthfeel. The coffee’s profile was quite sweet with a fruit-forward sweetness. The finish was long with lingering sweetness and acidity. There was a slight funkiness throughout that wasn’t astringent, but instead seemed to add complexity to the cup.

The Bottom Line

As with each of the various anaerobic coffees I’ve tried to date, La Azucena was incredibly unique from the rest. It’s sweet, berry-forward, red wine profile supported by the subtle funkiness throughout made for a very unique, yet delicious cup of coffee.

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