Luis Reinoso is a coffee producer from Asoceas Coop in Tolima. The cup has honey-butter, panela sugar, and vanilla, with yellow apple (aka Golden Delicious) fruit notes that persist into the finish, unique rounded mouthfeel. City to City+ is ideal.
Luis E. Reinoso is a coffee producer near the town of Herrera, Tolima. His small farm is called Finca Vista Hermosa, sited at 1750 to 1850 meters. We work in the area with the ASOCEAS cooperative to identify small lots of coffee with special qualities, and reward the farmer with higher prices for their coffee based on cupping scores. The first (and most important) screening of the incoming microlots happens right in Herrera, where the local cupper Newerly Gutierrez uses a Behmor roaster (with amazing skill, I might add) to evaluate the coffees. Each coffee lot, no matter how small, is kept separate and scored on its merit. I visited Herrera for the first time last week and it's a beautiful town set high up in a fairly remote area of Tolima. I could not visit before because, sadly, concerns about instability persist in these more remote parts of Tolima, where the FARC Guerilla and their enemies in private armies, the Paramilitarios, kept the farming families in a state of constant fear. I can report that everything seems peaceful and prosperous in my visit, but reminders of the war are not so distant; I saw a village of bombed-out houses where paramilitary lived, locals too afraid to rebuild their structures for fear of retribution. It was the coffee farmers trapped in the middle of these disputes. The fact we have stability, there is a cupping lab in the town, and we can get on with discovering and rewarding the great quality of the coffees in this area is a testament that times are changing for the better.
This coffee is very aromatic in the lighter roast levels (City, City+). The dry fragrance has an attractive peach pie scent, with sweet mango fruit notes and caramel sauce. The wet aroma has the same fruit notes with a touch of anise and banana. The cup is very nice; complex fruits, caramel, a bittersweet roast twang to the finish. City+ roast yields tropical fruit notes, guava, banana, baked peaches. It cools to a more apple-sweetness, and slightly tannic black tea finish. Darker roast levels lost this layered fruit character. Full City has a more bittering aspect, with a nice marmalade sweetness. But for my money, stay with the City to City+ range on this coffee. It's fantastic