Gloria Montenegro at La Caféothèque has an approach to coffee selection and tasting that is similar to the approach that scotch aficionados have toward single-malt whiskys. She believes that single-origin coffees should not be blended with beans of other origins as is so often done at coffee-roasting facilities. Consequently, she sells unblended coffee beans from identifiable plantations from all over the world. At any given time during the day, she sells twenty different estate coffees in her shop. On the day that I stopped in, I ordered a caffe latte, which was made from a coffee grown on a plantation called Chitul-Tirol in Guatemala. Along with the latte, she handed me an information sticker on which the following tasting notes appeared: “Natural aroma of honey; Notes of chocolate and pepper; Full bodied; Lingers long on the palate; Beautiful acidity.” While I must admit that I did not seek to identify these aromas and flavors while I drank the latte, the information did give me pause for thought that maybe I would enjoy learning more about the art of drinking fine estate coffees.
La Caféothèque is located at 52, rue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville and is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.