Continuing our exploration of CaféDirect's revamped range, and we head a little south, onto the South American continent itself.
We've encountered Colombian coffee from CaféDirect before, but I suspect there has been a little reformulation to go with the rebranding - the strength rating has been nudged down from a 4 to a 3, and aroma definitely has less sweetness to it.
Cauca Valley is a Colombian coffee, grown in the South Cauca region in the west of Colombia, not too far from the border with Ecuador.
The grounds have a rich, fruity aroma - chocolate dipped black cherries with a gentle melon acidity beneath and even a faint hint of fresh tobacco.
Brewed, the aroma loses the fruit and becomes drier; there is still some tobacco and the chocolate notes become more cocoa powder.
In the mouth, it's subtle; a little dark fruit which is nicely balanced by a background of tannic acidity, and a very smooth character. There's a pleasing, gentle dryness to the finish and its a very satisfying drink. The flavours lack the punch to be exciting, but aside from that there isn't much to fault. 3.5 stars.
This review was originally published 8th January, 2018. It was last updated 1st June, 2023.