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Reprise Coffee Roasters

Barrel-Aged Coffee

Location: Lake Forest, Illinois

Origin: Jinotega Department, north-central Nicaragua

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $19.99/12 ounces

Review Date: May 2017

Agtron: 70/89

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicate, sweet, subtly structured. The alcohol reads more as brandy or cabernet than rum, but pleasingly so. Also cocoa powder, sweet wood, vanilla, dried strawberry in aroma and cup. Light-footed, sweet-toned acidity; very light but distinctly satiny mouthfeel. Rich, sweet, quietly flavor-saturated finish.

Notes:

Produced on the high-elevation El Cipres farm by farmers Yader and Karen from trees of the Caturra and Catuai varieties of Arabica. Conditioned before roasting in a barrel previously used to age Jamaican rum and, before that, Tennessee whiskey. This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a cupping of aged, casked and specially cured coffees for Coffee Review‘s May 2017 tasting report. Reprise Coffee is a quality-oriented small-batch roaster and café located in Lake Forest, Illinois, north of Chicago. Visit reprisecoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: This very sensitively light-roasted coffee offers a delicate, refreshing take on spirits barrel-conditioned coffee.


This review originally appeared in the May, 2017 tasting report: Aged, Casked and Cured: Innovations in Green Coffee Conditioning

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