First we tasted the espresso, just as we had tasted the eight others at various coffee shops the Friday before. The coffee was medium-bodied, had an almost sweet aroma, plentiful crema and tasted very smooth. It was not shockingly acidic like some of the others we tasted and it had no hint of bitterness.
Next we sipped the brewed coffee, both medium roast and French (dark) roast. It was interesting to me as a non-coffee drinker that the dark roast was not "stronger" than the medium - it just had a different flavour. Christina explained that "strong" and "weak" describe not the roast but how much water is used in relation to coffee.
Finally we were treated to an iced coffee with salty caramel and milk. I've never liked coffee drinks (or coffee for that matter) but I drank that like it was my last meal!
Cristina's family's farm and farming methods are about sustainable agriculture, treating workers well (her grandfather built them all houses on his property, and built a school and soccer pitch for the community) and producing quality product. So Mogiana will be the coffee for us at Spiritual Ingredients. If you want to try this great coffee they sell it retail, attend Steveston Farm Market, and also sell wholesale to coffee shops. Check out their website here, and for more information, pictures and great links, see Cristina's brother's website in Oregon here.