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Posted Fri Nov 30, 2012, 8:30am
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Ok, I'll admit it, I've been watching the show on the Travel Channel "Dangerous Grounds" where the guy from La Colombe Torrefaction goes to 3rd world countries and risks his life for coffee and I decided to try some of their beans. Here's my thoughts on what I've tried so far;

I ordered about 3 weeks ago and I got the following;
1 bag of Nizza - their espresso blend
1 bag of Single Origin Haiti Mare Blanche
1 bag of Lyon - their other espresso blend

I was a bit hesitant to order because the bags are 12 oz rather than a full pound, I emailed them to see if a roasted on date would be on the bag and they assured me the beans are roasted fresh, but no roasted on date, just a best by date and I wasn't really able to find many reviews of their beans, but I decided to go for it.

Their shipping method wasn't the fastest so I believe I waited about 5 to 7 days to get my order which was UPS ground from Philly, PA to IA.

I've only tried 2 out of the three bags so far and I'll say this, these beans are unlike anything I've ever had. You can really tell they are coffee geeks at heart as he attests on the show. The Nizza is probably my favorite as it's very light, but also sweet, nutty and a bit of a burnt sugary-caramelly taste to it. Very nice coffee that works well in milk. This morning I tried the Mare Blanche and I'll admit I was a bit pressed for time and my shot produced a bit too much volume in the cup compared to what I usually get, so I'm thinking my tasting notes aren't going to be 100% valid from this limited tasting, but it too was very light, but this one seems very very delicate...again I'm going to chalk this one up to incorrect grind, so I'll adjust tonight and report back my findings after I get it dialed in.

They don't print dose sizes and temp reco's on the bags either, so you're kind of flying blind, but for the Nizza what I've found is a cooler temp does well, call it 197 to 198 and my dose size is typically between 17 and 21 grams with 18 being that sweet spot for me.

I'm by no means a tasting or cupping expert but I really did enjoy the Nizza and I'm excited to get into the Lyon to see if it's as unique as the Nizza.

I'm going to email the company and suggest that they up their Geekiness to put roasted on dates on the bags as well as brew temps and dose reco's and perhaps suggest 1 lb bags.

All in all, I'll probably go back to 5lbs of Redbird for my next order but this was a very pleasant detour indeed.
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Posted Fri Nov 30, 2012, 9:09am
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Thanks for posting. What were the "best by" dates? You could probably figure out the roast date using them or simply ask La Colombe what their freshness window typically is. Whenever I get beans without clearly marked roast dates, I email requesting more info. If for whatever reason the roaster isn't forthcoming with that info., I think less of them and don't feel bad in doing so.
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012, 10:37am
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the Best By Dates were in Jan so that either means their best by dates are a lot shorter than most coffee roasters or the order I received was very old. At this point I'd say it's the former as the beans smell and taste very fresh. I don't suspect they were roasted months ago, but I could be wrong.

I think I will email them and ask the date parameters of the Best By date.
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:18pm
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Emailed them and got a quick reply; I asked about the Best By date and Roasted Date here's what they said;

We actually do not provide a roasted on date as beans are roasted daily or the day before they are shipped, we give the beans a 8 weeks best buy date from the day they are roasted.
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:34pm
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Nice. Your taste buds were right. That's a tight "best by" window IMO--better than expected, at least.
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Posted Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:48am
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I was surprised. I like the fact that they don't put a 9 month or 1 year date on the bags (looking at you Green Mermaid) and expect them to still taste fresh. I really wish there were some brewing parameters and dosing suggestions on the bag and I told them that as well.
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Posted Tue Dec 18, 2012, 9:07am
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mthedude Said:

"We actually do not provide a roasted on date as beans are roasted daily or the day before they are shipped, we give the beans a 8 weeks best buy date from the day they are roasted."

Posted December 5, 2012 link

While I agree that it's better to use a "Best Buy" date of +8 weeks rather than +9 or +12 months, I'd still rather see a "Roasted on" date . . . after all, OTHER roasters can . . . why can't they?

 
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Posted Thu Jan 3, 2013, 5:56pm
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]Just want to ring in here and say I can't agree more.  

I recently gone through 1 1/2 pounds of their Madagascar Single Origin and man, was this stuff fantastic!

Click Here (shop.lacolombe.com)

I live outside of the Philadelphia area so I can swing by the Rittenhouse location when need be and will be going back here for my coffee for a while.  If you haven't' tried this one yet, give it a whirl.  The chocolate notes on it are fantastic and really stand out.  The crema I was getting from it was outstanding as well, so I'm sure their stuff is fresh.

After going through this, I picked up a pound of week old roasted pure Kona from a local roaster here and have to say I'm disappointed in it.  I know Kona, with the volcanic activity, is going to be more acidic, but the taste of it after having the Madagascar is just really bad IMO.   Looking forwards to trying some of the the blends you mentioned as well as their other single origins.
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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:50pm
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Has anyone tried the PNG Blue Mountain featured on the last episode? I wonder if the market in Finisterre is as exclusive as Todd makes it out to be

 
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Posted Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:36am
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zackz Said:

Has anyone tried the PNG Blue Mountain featured on the last episode? I wonder if the market in Finisterre is as exclusive as Todd makes it out to be

Posted January 18, 2013 link

Don't see that on their site anywhere.  I'll have to stop in and see if it's available.
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