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A.R.C.

“Blue Mountain Flavor” Blend

Location: Hong Kong, China

Origin: Not disclosed

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: HKD $128/454 grams

Review Date: November 2017

Agtron: 50/74

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Subtle, layered, sweetly tart. Blackcurrant, narcissus-like flowers, oregano, baker’s chocolate, molasses in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart in structure, with savory undertones; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. Baker’s chocolate is the throughline of the gently drying finish, with sweet floral notes in the short and blackcurrant and oregano in the long.

Notes:

A.R.C., whose motto is “more than specialty,” rigorously controls three vital elements: sourcing of green coffee, roasting, and, in cafe environments, water quality for brewed coffee. For more information, visit http://www.arc.coffee/en/index.html.

The Bottom Line: A balanced, high-toned cup with attractive chocolate notes complicated by hints of sweet herbs throughout.

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