Coffee Reviews

Perla Mayo Peru Cup of Excellence #5 – Apollon’s Gold Specialty Coffee

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Perla Mayo Peru Cup of Excellence #5
  • Roaster
    Apollon Gold
  • Roaster Location
    Tokyo, Japan
  • Estimated Price
    ¥1,200 / 100g (~$11.60)
  • Flavor Notes
    Cherry, raspberry, hibiscus, kiwi
  • Process
    Washed
  • Varieties
    Bourbon, Caturra, Typica
  • Country
    Peru
  • Region
    Flor del Norte, Cajamarca
  • Elevation
    1900 MASL
  • Producer
    Luz Nelli Alarcon Estela
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Flower
  • Roast Date
    November 30, 2020
  • Review Date
    December 19, 2020

Coffee Scoring

9.1
Aroma
8.5 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
9.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9.5 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
9.5 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
9 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Sparkling acidity & sweetness

I had heard about the roaster Apollon’s Gold Specialty Coffee from multiple different people and finally decided it was time to try out their coffee. Over Thanksgiving I purchased their Black Friday sample pack, which included a variety of their offerings. This Cup of Excellence winner from Peru stood as a really unique and delicious cup both for its taste profile and sparkling sweetness.

The coffee began with a sweet, slightly earthy fragrance that reminded me a bit of pear and was quite unique. In the flavor I tasted notes of pineapple, citrus, subtle berry and floral. It had an intense slightly tart, sparkling acidity reminiscent of lemon. The sparkling acidity gave way to a stronger sweetness as the coffee cooled. The body was light and crisp and the sweetness featured much of the same sparkle from the acidity; it reminded me of a slightly sour lemon candy—intense sweetness with a little pucker from the tart acidity. The cup had some really nice citrus complexity and I really enjoyed the evolution of the sweetness within each sip and as the coffee cooled.

The Bottom Line

My first experience with Apollon’s Gold Specialty Coffee was a great one. I enjoyed each of their coffees, especially this complex and sparkling beauty from Peru.

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