Don Francisco’s Colombia Supremo, a Coffee Review
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Don Francisco Gavina is the founder of the coffee company F. Gavina and Sons Inc. According to their website, the Gavina family has been producing coffee for over 100 years. Don Francisco, born in the southern mountains of Cuba, grew up on his family’s coffee plantation. As a child, he learned which coffee beans were best and how to roast them. In turn, he taught his children all he had learned from his father, adding his experience.
Today his four children carry on his traditions in Vernon, California, where the company is now headquartered. Gavina is currently amongst the largest and most successful coffee roasters in the western United States. Producing more than 36 million pounds of coffee a year, they’ve become the nation's largest privately held minority-owned coffee roaster. Their gourmet coffee is Southern California’s leading retail brand and amongst the top ten brands in the United States.
Don Francisco’s Colombia Supremo represents the companies experience and expertise well with its rich but mellow flavor. The brew is bright and lively in the mouth with just the right acidity and no trace of bitterness. When held in the mouth, the coffee presents a complexity of flavor, smooth and chocolaty with a slightly sweet finish. There’s a good body, neither too heavy nor water, just enough to let you know you’re drinking coffee.
Colombia Supremo comes in a 12-ounce can that’s topped with a foil film oxygen barrier that peels back. It’s covered by an air-tight reusable plastic lid to preserve freshness after the can has been opened. The company describes the grind as all purpose, which is another way of saying it’s medium. This grind worked well in a manual drip single-cup cone when used in the proportions recommended on the label..
If you enjoy a rich coffee with no trace of bitterness, this coffee is well worth paying extra for. The grind would work in a French press or a manual or automatic drip machine. The color is the same shade of brown as semisweet chocolate and the aroma is rich and inviting. You could drink this coffee completely black, but it also stands up to milk and sugar.
brewed on Mar 16th, 2010