Tasting Single-origin Coffee at Lapeyronie

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I stopped by Lapeyronie, a coffee-roaster and vendor located at 9, rue Brantôme in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris. Eager to try a single-origin coffee, my eyes alighted on a jar containing Galapagos coffee beans. The price of this coffee is about twice what one would pay for a good-quality coffee, but I threw caution to the wind and purchased 125 grams for 6.85€.

Galapagos Coffee
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The coffee comes from the Galapagos Islands, an archipelago that lies off the coast of Ecuador. These are the islands that Charles Darwin explored in 1835.

From the information that I have been able to glean from the Internet, the coffee comes from a specific island named San Cristobal and is an original Bourbon variety brought from Panama and planted by a certain Manuel Cobos. After his death in 1904, the trees continue to flourish in the island’s rich micro-climate. During the 1990s, a family purchased the land and, realizing the quality of the coffee that the trees produce, re-established the plantation.

After grinding a small quantity of beans, I brewed them in my French press. The aroma that rose from the press as I poured in the hot water was sweet and, to my sense of smell, malty. Upon tasting, I found the coffee to be medium-bodied with no trace of bitterness and to have the flavor of sweet, dark malt. A number of coffee aficionados on the Internet have described the taste as caramel. However one describes it, the coffee has a smooth, rich flavor and is a pleasure to drink!

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