As well as being Fairtrade, the Puro range is also shade grown – the bushes are grown under the shade of native trees, which is good news for biodiversity and sustainable production.
Here we have Fuerte, another blend of Arabica and Robusta beans – this time a 50/50 mix, with the Arabica coming from South and Central America and the Robusta from Uganda in East Africa.
One thing I love about Puro is that they have taken provenance to it’s logical conclusion. A quick look at the product page on their website not only tells you the countries of origin for the beans used, but a whole array of additional information – the region, the height they were grown at, even what time of year they were harvested.
The aroma of the grounds is rich – full of ripe cherry fruit, a hint of brown sugar and caramel, along with a nicely toasted bean smell, without being burned.
Brewed, the aroma loses some of that sweetness but the rich fruit and toastiness remain, along with a slightly singed bitterness.
In the mouth, too, it’s rich and slightly fruity. There’s a touch of sweetness, and a good background of toasted notes which bring both a depth and a well controlled bitterness to it. There is a slight aftertaste, a slightly jarring bitter kick as you swallow, right at the back of the tongue but it’s a minor quibble.
Overall, this is a really, really tasty everyday coffee and deserving of 3 stars. At least.
Thanks again to Puro for the sample.