Counter Culture
Los Charapanos

Roaster Location: Flag of United States Durham, North Carolina


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Roast Level: Light
Bean Source Country: Ecuador
Varietal: Caturra, Typica and Bourbon

From the roaster: The highlands surrounding the town of Zumba host a patchwork of small coffee farms that grow delicious varieties like Caturra, Typica and Bourbon. In this area, locals take pride in calling themselves “Charapanos,” a regional nickname inspired by a local species of ant that they describe as hardworking and steadfast. Such work ethic is evident in the quality of this coffee, which offers notes of brown sugar, orange, and graham cracker.

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Traits: brown sugar graham cracker orange



2 ratings
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Latest Reviews and Tasting Notes

  • Ted Chan, Managing Editor

    995 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.00 - Average

    4.50 - Aroma

    4.00 - Flavor

    4.00 - Acidity

    4.00 - Balance

    think there’s one note in this roast that keeps it from being great, just the slightest hint of overrroast for a light coffee. Otherwise I like the smoothness, plum, blood orange and milk chocolate notes I get.

    Cupping Method:Pourover from Haute in Concord, MA

    Traits: milk chocolate plum blood orange
    10 months ago · See more from Ted
  • Victoria S-C

    350 roasts rated, avg score of 4.32

    4.00 - Average

    4.50 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    Smooth, chocolatey. I like Ecuadorian coffees. Not bitter. I want to try it again to get the subtleties.

    Cupping Method:Pourover black from Haute Coffee.

    10 months ago · See more from Victoria

More Details

Roast Level: Light
Light roast coffee is a delicately roasted coffee that retains more of the beans' natural flavors and characteristics. Light-roasted coffees have bright acidity, complex fruit, and floral notes. Light roast coffee does not have less caffeine than darker roasts because caffeine levels remain stable during roasting.
Bean Source Country: Ecuador
Ecuadorian specialty coffee is characterized by its diverse microclimates, fertile volcanic soil, and high elevations in the Andes, resulting in beans with distinctive flavor profiles. These coffees often exhibit bright acidity, medium to full body, and complex flavors, ranging from fruity and floral to sweet and chocolatey.
Organic coffee is produced without synthetic chemicals, such as pesticides, herbicides, and artificial fertilizers. Instead, organic coffee farmers rely on natural and sustainable agricultural practices like crop rotation, composting, and biological pest control. To be labeled as organic, coffee must meet strict regulations and certification criteria set by governing bodies, such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or the European Union (EU). Organic coffee not only supports environmental sustainability but may also offer health benefits, as it contains fewer chemical residues than conventionally grown coffee.

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Counter Culture is a coffee roaster from Durham, NC United States. We have 32 cataloged roasts with 27 total reviews with a score of 4.34.

International Rank: #11 out of 580
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