The Pact Advent Calendar – Day 13

~Opens Advent Calendar. Looks at Day 13~

Finca Filadelfia.  Bugger.

So yes, this is another one that I’m familar with from my previous subscription with Pact and honestly? I didn’t like it then, I don’t like it now.  I did make it up and try it as it had been a while and my tastes in coffee have changed over the years but this is still another that goes straight into the “Dislike” column.  It’s harsh and tastes like it’s been overroasted, so acidic that it’s sour and just generally a coffee that I really don’t get on with.

Huh, maybe I really don’t like Guatemalan coffee after all. We’ll add that to the list with Colombian (though this calendar is definitely showing some exceptions to this rule, some lovely Colombian coffees so far).

Yeah. Moving very swiftly on from this one. Not a fan, not a fan at all. As I recall even having it with hot milk wasn’t enough to mask the sour notes. Ah well.  Here’s hoping tomorrow is an improvement!



The Pact Advent Calendar – Days 2 & 3

Right!  More days, more coffees, mo’money, mo’…wait. No. Sorry. Off on a tangent there. Let’s crack on with days 2 and 3 so that I can start the week all caught up and on the right days.

Day 2

Day two brings us a type of coffee that, as I think I’ve mentioned before, I don’t have a good track record with.  I just dunno what it is, but a lot of Colombian varietals I find have a funny aftertaste that I just don’t get on with at all.  These days I tend to give them a very wide berth.

That said?  This one wasn’t half bad at all. I’m pleased to be able to say that the ‘Villa Rubiela’ coffee was surprisingly pleasant!  It had a lovely sweet aftertaste that lingers nicely in the mouth. I might have actually found a Colombian coffee I’d buy again. Gonna be sure to make a note of this one.

Day 3

Day three and this time we’re scooting off to Guatemala for the ‘Villaure’ coffee. One thing I immediately noticed with this one compared to the previous two was the aroma on opening the bag. I dunno if it’s just my imagination, but this one smelled much more potent than the other two.  The card says “plum tart” notes and I’d have to agree. It’s got a really rich, plummy scent when you open it up, it’s really lovely.

And again, seriously, there’s just something about the smell of fresh coffee. Tickles the pleasure center of your brain, at least it does for me!  I’m sure my long-suffering wife would inform me that “it smells like coffee” but I’ll kep trying! One day I’ll find one where she can tell the difference.

Anyway, this one I made with milk with the previous two were made with water. Just because I fancied a change, although that might not have been the best idea.  In milk this coffee was….okay.  It was nothing special, nothing particularly memorable, just smooth, pleasant and a bit forgettable. I might have done it an injustice by using it as the basis for a milk based drink, I think from now on I’ll stick with making each with water.

That’s it for days two and three, thanks very much for taking the time to read my thoughts.  We’ll be back tomorrow with day four.