It’s no secret that Savannah, Georgia’s Perc Coffee Roasters are one of my favorites. I’ve reviewed a lot of their coffee and it’s always well-roasted and tasting great. You can’t go wrong with any of their coffee selections. Sticking with the recent “theme,” today’s coffee looks to be sold out, and based on their description of it, it’s no wonder! But, it’s worth sharing with you all the same so the next time you ask yourself, “Gee, I wonder if Perc does well with Colombian coffees…” you’ll be able to look at the list of reviews here and know the answer is YES!
Today’s coffee is Perc’s Samaniego from Colombia. Like I said, it’s not available on their site, currently, but their Campo Bello is, and I loved that one, too. Use the code PERCFREESHIP all May to get free shipping, too. Best deal around!
The Samaniego I’m looking at today is from the Nariño department (like a state here in the USA). Nariño is a hotbed of coffee farms and it’s located in the far southwest corner of the country. This is a washed coffee grown in the 1800-2000masl range and Perc gives us descriptors of, “honey, nectarine, balanced.” They went on to say, “Get ready for big flavors or lime, nectarine, guava, vanilla, honey and cherry” so this sounds pretty awesome. I used my usual 1:16 brewing ration (28g coffee, 450g water) in a notNeutral Gino pourover with Kalita 185 filters and a brew time of around 3:45.
The fragrance on the dry grounds is really big and sweet and had a lot of graham cracker in it for me. The aroma in the brewed cup is also sweet and retains some graham cracker notes. The flavors in the cup are much brighter and fruitier than the dense, sugary sweet aroma lets on. The bright elements in this coffee are really fun. There is a solid tart cherry backbone with some orangey citrus in there, too. There is a bit of a tropical fruit “feel” to the cup and some tropical fruits in the aftertaste, too. The body in this coffee is medium, but it feels lighter than that because it’s such a bright and “light-tasting” coffee. The acidity really brightens this cup up, but it’s soft and fruity and sweet at the same time. I can see why the gang at Perc raved about this coffee on the website.
Colombian coffee has just been off the chain for the past couple years now and this is another prime example. This one is all about the acidity and fruitiness, but it’s still sweet and has nice body and a nice finish and aftertaste. Masterfully roasted, it makes sense why they sold out fast!